On Saturday, thousands of people from around the US hit the streets of Washington, DC, to participate in the March for Our Lives — the main event protesting gun violence in schools, which came as a response to last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17. Since then, survivors of the shooting have rallied people across the country, particularly other students, to speak out and try to make sure what happened in Florida never happens again.
The protesters also happen to be incredible at making signs. Lots and lots of signs. A few themes recur: The signs generally blast politicians for their inaction on gun violence, and they criticize the role that the National Rifle Association (also known as the NRA) plays in our current political debate. Some of the signs are tragic and sad, while others are more clever or funny.
Take a look for yourself:
The teens are really good at the signs pic.twitter.com/c2m3QI98uh— Kira Lerner (@kira_lerner) March 24, 2018
There is a fair bit of student snark out here. pic.twitter.com/bKTBTKCbdU— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 24, 2018
Corina Tipton, 16, left, says her classmates have regular conversations about how they could hide from a school shooter. “Someone will look toward the stack of textbooks in the corner and say ‘do think you can remove the ceiling tiles and climb up there?’” pic.twitter.com/OlUkOe1zzF— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 24, 2018
Laura “Penny” Livesay, who teaches English at Virginia Tech, often thinks about mass shootings. She asks herself what would happen if she had to be armed, but fleeing and terrified students ran by her as she fired. “I’m not prepared to take a gun in my hands.” pic.twitter.com/dZQvzTWSgi— Ellie Silverman (@esilverman11) March 24, 2018
With her seven-month-old daughter Erin sitting on her lap, Erin’s father shot and killed her and then shot Paula Cross,61, three times. Today was the first time Cross shared the story of what happened to her about 40 years ago. “It feels like I’m doing something brave,” she said. pic.twitter.com/s9GAuuvCgp— Ellie Silverman (@esilverman11) March 24, 2018
I asked Matt Collins, a Marine vet, why #VetsForGunReform took off after Parkland and not years of other shootings. "We were a little busy. Now we have more time on our hands," he says about Iraq & Aghanistan vets. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/0TMlZ0LeWT— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) March 24, 2018