BANGOR – A massive, nationwide movement took its biggest steps to date, as those in the “March for our Lives” demand reforms to mental health and firearm legislation, especially around schools.
A call of action started entirely by children, now has adults stepping up.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s great that the students have really stepped up and started to mobilize some of us who have felt really helpless and voiceless for so long,” supporter Megan Cannavan said. “So I hope this starts a larger debate in the country.”
The march took over dozens of cities, and Bangor’s smaller-scale march still drew around 200 participants walking through downtown with a police escort.
“It shows that there are people who care out there, who care about the shootings and what’s been happening out there,” student Easnadh Nobel Toolo said as marchers paraded by.
Many brought signs, demanding that weapons of war be harder to get, or kept off the street altogether. Some marched Saturday to move a conversation in front of the public’s eyes; a conversation, they say, needs to take place, and not just among children.
“I think if we devoted more money to education and mental health we’d have to have fewer discussions about gun violence,” said Elizabeth Cravey, a mother who joined the march with her husband. “But I think gun control is an extremely important part of the equation.”