Westchester Marches for Their Lives

Over 2,000 Westchester residents of all ages attended the White Plains march. /Amanda M. Gordon

Thousands of people took to the streets of White Plains to take part in the March for Our Lives rally. From young to old, Westchester residents were chanting “Enough.”

The march started on the fields of Post Road Elementary and ended at the White Plains Library. Over 2000 protesters walked the designated path that spanned less than a mile, but throughout the rest of the country where over 800 sister protests were carried. The movement may continue to gain momentum.

“We are not trying to take your guns away, we are trying to regulate them,” said Autumn Gerard, a 17-year-old student of Brewster high school before a crowd outside of the White Plains Library. “We are trying to stop our children and our futures from being taken away because guns don’t die, but children do.”

The students affected by the school shooting that took place in Parkland, FL a month prior to the march have proven to be a catalyst in not only potential gun reform, but politics in general. The main goal of the March for Our Lives movement is to enact stricter gun legislation in hopes to prevent future school shootings, but many of these students will be of age to vote come November, and the intent to vote is strong.

“Vote them out,” was shouted and cheered at the marches and rallies across the country. Protesters carried signs that displayed distrust in the current political majority, and frustrations towards the National Rifle Association.

According to a report from the Pew Research Center, Millennials (born from the year 1981 to 1996) are expected to surpass the Baby Boomers, a generation that spiked with the end of the second world war, as early as 2019. With the continuous rise of Millennials and iGen (born after 1996), and the steady decline of Boomers, the demographics of voters are changing rapidly.  A change that may make dents in gun control or other controversial issues.

At the end of the demonstration, voter registration tables were set up adjacent to the Martin Luther King Jr statue outside of the library and local high school students then spoke to the remaining protestors on the changes they wanted.

“As a teenager, I realize how powerful my voice is, and it is our time to speak out about a cause that is very important to me,” said Kelly Marx, a 18-year-old student of White Plains High School and a student organizer for the Westchester County March for Our Lives. “This is our future we are fighting for, the future for the next generation, too.”

Future marches and rallies are planned, including a march on April 20, which marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting which is geared as a walk out for high school students.

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