On Saturday, March 24^th, thousands of marchers are expected to descend on Washington, DC in the national March for our Lives demanding Congress take meaningful action to stop gun violence. Area residents who cannot travel to the nation’s capital, however, can come to Seneca Falls to show their support for the same cause.
The “Seneca Falls Rally for our Lives” will begin at noon in People’s Park on Water St. in Seneca Falls. Organized by Indivisible Seneca Falls, the event is one of more than 700 marches and rallies occurring around the country on that day. Its purpose, explains organizer Rachel Weil, is to stand in solidarity with the students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass shootings.
“We invite students, parents, teachers and all concerned citizens… including responsible gun owners, to join us in demanding comprehensive and effective legislation to address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country,” said Weil, “Thoughts and prayers are just not enough.”
The National March for our Lives was organized by students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, following the mass shooting that killed seventeen people at that school, in collaboration with in collaboration with the national non-profit organization Everytown for Gun Safety. Marchers are asking Congress to pass federal legislation that will close loopholes in the background check system, and ban the sale to civilians of high-capacity magazines and assault weapons like the ones used inLas Vegas, Orlando, Sutherland Springs, Aurora, Sandy Hook and Parkland. /The Seneca Falls Rally for our Lives/, says Weil, is intended to show support for those demands.
Those attending the rally in Seneca Falls will have a chance to register to vote, and there will be tables where they can sit down and write to their representatives in Congress. Weil hopes that that people will turn up and make their voices heard. “Students have led the way and stood up for themselves,” she notes, referring to the student-led school walkouts that occurred throughout the region and the nation last Wednesday. “On Saturday, the rest of us will have a chance to stand with them and be counted.”
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