This past Saturday 5,000 people gathered to support March for our Lives RVA. Local youth shared their concerns about gun violence in schools and communities. Here are some of their words:
When my mom sends me to school, she expects me to come home.
Guns are the reason I never got to meet my uncle. Just two weeks ago my mom heard the shot that killed my friend’s boyfriend.
How many more black families will be devastated by gun violence – threatened or killed by the people whose job it is to serve and protect? How many more times do my parents have to give me that talk explaining to me that I’m 10 times more likely to become a victim of gun violence because I am black?
If adults won’t stand up for us, we will stand up for ourselves.
This is not a partisan issue. No one wants kids being murdered in our schools.
I want candidates that will support magazines for education not for guns.
The president and the government say we are the future, but they’re not protecting our future.
If we cannot change their minds, we can change their seats