Savannah locals participate in national anti-gun violence movement

Savannah locals participate in national anti-gun violence movement
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Hundreds of local citizens met in Wright Square on Saturday afternoon as a part of a national movement, "March for Our Lives", to bring awareness to gun violence and school shootings across the country.

The diverse crowd says they all want the same thing: an end to gun violence and stricter gun laws. Alyssa Furtado says she personally thinks it's dangerous for kids in school ays when there is random gun violence happening in schools on average once a week.

"I hope that they can ban assault rifles as the first step," Furtado said. "I personally believe that hey should ban guns in general, but I do understand that our  country has a deep culture with guns so I think we just have to take it one step at a time."

"Everyone has a different idea of what gun control and gun reform is,"  said Devyn Bauer, co-organizer of a student group at the event. "Honestly, it's up to the lawmakers, we're not in Congress, we're not in the Senate, we're just advocating for what we want."

Inspiration for the national movement began after 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Locals marched from Wright Square to Forsyth Park.

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