Hundreds Turn out for 'March for Our Lives' in Rochester

March 24, 2018 10:46 PM

(ABC 6 News) - In Rochester, there was also a big turnout of people supporting a national cause of gun violence. Community members believe this march will put things in motion.

Upwards of 500 people in Rochester marched throughout downtown to demand change at Saturday's "March for Our Lives” rally.

"We are so personally affected by gun violence,” high school student Anjali Goradia Jr. said. “We don't want to feel scared anymore."


The march, led by students, is giving the victims of gun violence the voice they no longer have.

"People are dying,” one father said. “It's not just mass shootings and that type of thing. That's just really a drop in the bucket."

Therefore, they're asking politicians to make changes to the current gun laws.

"This is a crucial issue because it affects our students and how they go forward in life and the level of safety that they feel to live out their dreams," Donna Miller from “Moms Demand Action,” said.

"This is a severe public safety threat and it's time that we embrace," the father said.

Although some students can't vote right now, the hope is the march will be their demand to politicians.

"I also feel like that we all deserve the right to feel safe at school, which is why we need to be out here trying to make changes," high school senior Max Gort said.

Those who attended Saturday’s march in Rochester said it's these types of demonstrations that pave the way to change.

"Sitting at a whites-only lunch counter changed things; Refusing to sit in the back of the bus changed things,” the father said. “Big things, big changes can happen from small movements."

"Like it or not, we have things to say,” Goradia said. “We believe in this movement, so we will be voting in the next midterms. We are the next generation to make this a change. It's inevitable."


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