Loudouners Join National March for Our Lives Rally

Ten days after thousands of Loudoun County teens left their classrooms in protest of gun violence, dozens joined the national March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC, Saturday. The event, organized by the survivors of the Parkland, FL, shooting, was meant to be a visible demand for action to prevent shootings in schools.

Riverside High School student Yara Omar, armed with homemade protest signs, joined hundreds of thousands of others on Pennsylvania Avenue. Omar, a 16-year-old Lansdowne resident, said she felt compelled to march on behalf of those who have lost their lives, whether in a school shooting, a church or at the hands of the police.

“As a student, I believe every person has the right to pursue an education in a safe environment, free from the dangers of firearms, whether they be wielded by lone actors or the state,” she said. “By marching in Washington, DC, we are using our collective power to ensure our demands are heard, and that our generation effects a very needed change in U.S. gun policy.”

Specifically, she said she’d like to see a ban on military-grade weapons, a requirement for thorough background checks, and the legal age to purchase a gun raised to 21.

See the March for Our Lives photo gallery by Loudoun Now photographer Douglas Graham here.

A Park View High School senior who asked not to be identified is silhouetted by the early morning sun along Pennsylvania Avenue during the March For Our Lives rally. [Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now]

4 thoughts on “Loudouners Join National March for Our Lives Rally

  • 2018-03-26 at 3:06 pm
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    “As a student, I believe every person has the right to pursue an education in a safe environment, free from the dangers of firearms, whether they be wielded by lone actors or the state,” she said.

    You’re protesting against your own protected freedoms and demanding the state disarm you and others, but at the same time you see the state as an equal threat?

    How, exactly, does a reasonable person reconcile such a position?

  • 2018-03-26 at 4:13 pm
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    Going to put words in her mouth and assume the “State” bit is about armed guards running around and shooting the wrong people.

    Really Chris Manthos — you don’t think that owning a gun is going to protect you from a state you don’t trust, do you? They always have more weapons that you. If you’re worried about state actors, the constitution has a perfect tool, non-violent, and easy to exercise — voting. I recommend that everyone, 100% of us, use that weapon on a regular basis. That’s the one weapon that lousy politicians truly fear.

  • 2018-03-26 at 5:37 pm
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    They also kowtow to the gun owners of this nation, of which there are millions. It is not the NRA campaign contributions that matter as much as they have 5 million people to mobilize to breath down the neck of any pol — Democrat or Republican — who dares to take away gun rights. I seriously doubt Congress is going to do what these kids want, but they are fronting for liberal groups and anti-gun groups anyway.

  • 2018-03-27 at 1:00 pm
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    I didn’t put words in the young ladies mouth — that’s what she said. She specifically mentioned law enforcement as a threat. Yet she demands law enforcement (threat) disarm her generation? I’m not following the logic.

    Really Cmackg, You’re comfortable with young people demanding their constitutional rights be restricted? Demanding the ‘state’ strip them of their essential freedoms? Would you be supportive of these students if they demanded their 1st Amendment rights be restricted? How about their 4th Amendment protections? Supposed they demanded their Due Process protections be eliminated?
    You would be content? As you probably know, all of those Freedoms are slowly but surely being stripped from us, and we’re nearly silent about it. It’s a disgrace.

    Our generation has somehow indicated to this younger generation that protesting their constitutional freedoms and restrictions on the other freedoms is ‘cool.’ It’s not, nor will it ever be. We have failed them. 21 T T Trillion bucks in debt and still going. Wars without end. Government, either unable or unwilling to protect them from the easy things.. And our answer is to encourage them to protest their own freedoms? Our generation is insane.

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