March for Our Lives Students Lead Rally to Say ... Never Again!!! (LIVESTREAM)

MA lawmakers turned out in force Saturday to show support for the March for Our Lives movement, joining protesters across the state and in Washington calling for action to end mass shootings and gun violence.

Ottawa's rally - organized by students from high schools across the city - will get underway at 11 a.m. on Parliament Hill, Skelly said.

More than 20,000 people are expected at the "March for Our Lives" rally nearest the Florida school where last month's deadly shooting occurred.

A police officer at the scene estimated between 3,000 to 3,500 people were participating in the protest, one of many happening across the United States on Saturday.

The March for our Lives rally will start at 10 Jack Poole Plaza, where students will make speeches.

"We were invited out by other survivors" of shootings in Virginia, Tucson and Aurora, Colorado, said Gooze, who will meet them for breakfast in D.C. on Saturday.

"They see the injustices in our neighborhood that occur every day and stay quiet, but what's been powerful is that when I talk to them I remind them that their children are USA citizens, they've grown up in this community and in this country". Generating the political will to take more forceful steps, like mandating universal background checks and banning assault-style weapons - two priorities of the student activists from Parkland - is likely to be a tough road. We were taught about the responsibility that comes with carrying a gun.

March for Our Lives Students Lead Rally to Say ... Never Again!!! (LIVESTREAM)
March for Our Lives Students Lead Rally to Say ... Never Again!!! (LIVESTREAM)

"It truly didn't feel personal until this week", Tracy said of the shooting that occurred at Great Mills High School on Tuesday. "I spent time with him every day because we went to the same schools, shared the same friends and we even shared the same room", he said. Stand with us or beware, the voters are coming, Cameron Kasky, a 17-year-old junior at the high school, told the crowd.

Springfield Township's Richard Rishel said he has a lifetime Pennsylvania hunting permit, but wants to ban weapons like AR-15s and devices like bump stocks.

'Regardless if I can vote or not, it (gun violence) is the most important issue affecting me and the most important issue in the country right now, Dutcher said. "This is a march against gun violence, and I am scared there will be gun violence on the march".

I know that our community, where I was born and raised and where my family has been for five generations, is ready for change.

It's expected to draw tens of thousands of people today to the streets of Washington, D.C.

Organizers say they're marching in solidarity with USA students.

Ultimately, we hoped to stoke conversation and show people both sides of a debate that is cleanly divided between one side and the other on many fronts.

  • Delores Daniels