BMHS PrideTime Reporter
Photo: Lily Blair and Ashley Orozco / Contributed Photos
Gun violence has finally reached it's tipping point.
Protests about gun control continued around the nation this past Saturday as thousands of protesters took to the streets of some of America’s largest cities such as New York City and Washington D.C. demanding change. According to MarchForOurLives, 800+ sibling events also took place throughout the United States and around the world.
Among those in the crowd were some of McMahon's students, one of them including Lily Blair ('20). Blair was one of the organizers of the walk out that took place ten days earlier on March 14th at Brien McMahon in memorial of the victims of the Parkland Florida shooting. She was also one of the seventeen McMahon students that read a small biography about one of the seventeen victims.
“I thought these protests were more impactful. It wasn’t just us students alone. Parents and teachers were standing with us. Seeing all the people and hearing all the speeches was beautiful” she said. “The walkouts were impactful, but in these marches we were together. Thousands of people in all, together fighting for what they believe in.”
Blair’s parents were unable to attend the protest with her due to prior commitments so she set off for NYC with a group of friends to catch a train expected to leave Norwalk around 7:30 a.m. “My parents were extremely supportive. They always are. They know how important this issue is and they know how important it is to me, so of course they let me go.”
Ashley Orozco (‘19) was another McMahon student among the protesters and said she was tired of hearing politicians on tv complain about kids who “can’t even vote yet” protest. She explained that “Just because we aren’t old enough to vote, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a voice.” Orozco added that “It’s pretty sad that just because they feel that they have so much authority they think they can do whatever they want.”
In the end, both Blair and Orozco admired to how powerful and overwhelming the whole atmosphere was. “It was a really cool thing to be a part of” Blair said adding in that she even cried a little. Meanwhile Orozco said “There were people who were at the school, (Stoneman Douglas High School) who spoke, and it hit you so much harder. Everything became more real.”