Enough is Enough: The March For Our Lives Protest Represents The Beginnings Of A Gun Legislation Revolution
Ural Garrett was on the ground at yesterday’s (March 24) March For Our Lives protest in Los Angeles and it marked what we all hope is a change in gun laws.
A million questions ran through my head as I followed protesters ranging in the tens of thousands (estimated 60,000) through Los Angeles’ March For Our Lives protest in the city’s downtown area. What exactly made the Parkland, Florida shooting, which took the lives of 17 students and faculty members, so different than Columbine two decades past or Sandy Hook nearly six years ago?
We’ve seen the media cycle before. The atrocity happens, gets covered all over the news cycle and social media, politicians give excuses as to why comprehensive gun control measures aren’t attainable and violent video games possibly becomes the focal point until everyone moves on. However, this time was different. So, it was easy to come to one solution.
Maybe everyone’s finally just fed up.
Even liberal safe-haven Los Angeles, which have some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, felt compelled to join the fight for gun policy reform and all who oppose including the National Rifle Association.
Starting at Pershing Square and ending with a gathering/concert at City Hall, every race, ethnicity, age and religion banned together to make their message known.
Enough is enough.
Though solidarity was apparent, this was still a movement started and pushed forward by individuals well below voting age.
A peaceful day without an arrest and a reported three medical-related calls, speakers included Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, Yara Shahidi, Amy Schumer and even Mayor Eric Garcetti. Similar to other protest stateside, there were several performances including Leona Lewis, Charlie Puth and Rita Ora. Anyone who stayed at the march long enough could catch a few notable supporters in the crowd, including Lisa Bonet, Zendaya and Jaden Smith who passed around his Just water to thirsty protesters.
March For Our Lives was successful enough for counter-protest featuring Donald Trump supporters and NRA members near the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters felt like a small bleep on the radar. Meanwhile, United States President 45 coincidently left the Twitter Fingers alone and the NRA dropped a video with Killer Mike defending the controversial lobbying group. It’s obvious who is on the wrong side of history.
Spending several hours at the march, the feeling of “this is only the beginning” couldn’t have been any more prevalent. Allowing the moment sink in a bit, those thoughts were made clearer as the half-a-million in attendance at the Washington D.C. march got a speech from Yolanda Renee King a.k.a. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nine-year-old granddaughter. If this keeps up, the common sense gun policy that most logical American citizens have been begging for might come into fruition.
Take a look at some visual highlights from the March For Our Lives in Los Angeles below, and share your thoughts with us on Twitter @Okayplayer.
Ural Garrett is a Los Angeles-based writer, photographer, author and video producer whose work has appeared in everything from Complex to HipHopDX. Follow him on his adventures @UralG.