RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — At least 2,000 people, mostly teenagers, marched Tuesday night in Raleigh to demand lawmakers take action on gun legislation.
The youth at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church lead the charge.
They lit 17 candles in front of the Capitol Building — one for each of the people killed in the recent school shooting in Florida.
A vigil service started at 5 p.m. at the church, then the group marched down Hillsborough Street to the state capitol, all to demand lawmakers pass gun safety legislation, in order to keep schools safe.
"Other generations aren’t doing anything to fix the policy because they haven’t lived through what we’ve lived through," said high school junior Zoe Nichols, "But when I see my peers dying, it moves me to march."
"I would wish for [lawmakers] to understand the kind of fear that every student feels after hearing about a school shooting, and turning on the news and seeing the devastation and hate that reeks," said junior Zainab Antepli, "And then, going to school the next day wondering and just questioning if their school is next."
“We need every human soul we can get here tonight because the bigger the statement the better. The louder that we can be, the better. We need to let our state and federal legislators know that we mean business. So, everybody matters. I don’t care if there are 5,000 people here. We need 5,001. You need to show up,” said Bryan Lee, minister to youth and their families at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.
Organizers urged the people who come to the march to wear their school colors. Lee said they want as many schools represented as possible.
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