Protesters across New York have reportedly crossed the Brooklyn Bridge in March for Our Lives rally against gun violence.
The rally is a call demanding stricter gun laws. Thousands of demonstrators in New York City, many of them parents, saying enough is enough.
“My kids were the same age as the Sandy Hook kids when Sandy Hook happened,” SoHo resident Kat Sosnick said.
“Since then, they have been exposed to school shootings on the news and they’ve had drills at school, and I feel it has really affected their childhood, and I don’t want other children to suffer like that.”
Saturday’s March for Our Lives from Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan comes four years after the organization was founded by teens who survived the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17.
Organizers said more than 150 state laws were passed since the group’s last march, but this time they’re pushing for federal changes.
Marchers made it across the Brooklyn Bridge to Lower Manhattan, where they stopped to listen to a series of speeches.
“We are building a movement that is a grassroots movement to eviscerate gun violence,” one speaker said.
“Enough analysis. We’ve analyzed it to the point of paralysis,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said.
Wednesday, the House passed a gun control bill that would raise the age to buy semi-automatic rifles to 21.
“Too much conversation is on the assault rifle. No, let’s zero in on the other part of it, and that is a handgun, and the federal government needs to respond,” Mayor Eric Adams said.
Some spectators said they see the gun debate differently.
Event organizers say they count on strong turnout to lift gun laws higher on the federal agenda.