‘March For Our Lives’ rallies inspire Capital Region students


Students converged on Washington, D.C. for Saturday’s “March For Our Lives” to end gun violence and mass shootings. Similar events took place all around the country including right here in Albany.

People like former Beatles’ front man, Paul McCartney (NYC) and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 9 year old grand-daughter (Washington D.C.), participated in the larger events

Students and their supports were determined to have their voices heard here in Albany.

They say the time has come for a conversation around gun violence and that starts right here in Albany with a march.

“I am tired of watching children have to act like adults just because adults are acting like children,” said Lydia Martell, a senior at Bethlehem High School.

With their #NeverAgain posters in hand and determination to have their voices heard, hundreds of students and allies descended on West Capitol Park Saturday morning.

“I feel like the walkouts were a little more symbolic, but with the march, we’re going to actually make change,” said Asma Bawla, a senior at Shaker High School

“Students have voices and we’re using our voices. We’re finally using our voices. And we’re coming out and we’re saying ‘we don’t want this violence to occur anymore in our country.’ We want to go to school and we want to feel safe,” said Kaelyn DiCocco, a junior at Schalmont High School.

Saturday’s ‘March For Our Lives’ was started by Parkland students. They say the recent surge in school shootings means it’s time to talk gun control. According to their website, the Parkland kids would like to see laws passed banning the sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines and they also want stricter background checks.

But, what about here in Albany? What does the youth in this community want?

“To raise the age to buy a legal weapon to 21 instead of 18 federally,” said Hamza Noor, a sophomore at Schalmont High School.


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