17 Powerful Signs From March for Our Lives

On Saturday, March 24, young Americans turned out in droves to demand an end to gun violence at the March For Our Lives. Inspired by the remarkable activism of school shooting survivors in Parkland, Florida, the protesters — some calling for a ban on guns and others just wanting sensible reforms — all agreed that inaction by U.S. lawmakers is a recipe for more student deaths.

The conservative — as in cautious, not Republican — estimate is that at least 1.2 million people participated in hundreds of marches across the country, making it the biggest youth-led protest movement since the pushback against the Vietnam War. The primary protest in Washington, D.C. attracted as many as 800,000 people, which eclipses the inauguration of Donald Trump — so long as you’re not relying on him for the numbers.

Our flawed political system may enable legislators to ignore citizens in favor of deep-pocketed lobbyists like the NRA, but the next generation of voters sees this nonsense for what it is. And young activists are committed to bringing about change.

Many demonstrators brought signs to these events — some humorous, some intelligent and some simply pleading for their own lives. Below are 17 of the highlights from cities across the U.S., captured by Care2 staffers and Flickr users:

San Francisco, California Photo Credit: Gregory Varnum

San Francisco, California Photo Credit: Gregory Varnum

And we would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California. Photo Credit: Care2

Bare legs not arms - D.C.

Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Care2

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Some simple demands in Austin, Texas. Photo Credit: mirsasha

Educators demand better, too. - Washington, D.C. <i>Photo Credit: Care2</i>

Educators demand better, too. – San Francisco, California. Photo Credit: Care2

Good idea - NYC (photo by mathiaswasik)

Good idea – New York City, New York.Photo Credit: mathiaswasik

Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Care2

Whitney Houston had the right idea. - D.C.

Whitney Houston had the right idea. – Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Care2

Yup, it sure seems like they do! - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California. Photo Credit: Care2

Where has all the common sense gone? - D.C.

Where has the common sense gone? – Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Care2

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Hands up, don’t shoot – Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Care2

Impromptu sign on horse droppings - D.C.

An impromptu sign on horse droppings – Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Care2

Proms not bombs - D.C.

Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Care2

Some scary math - Atlanta (photo by Tim Driggers)

Some scary math – Atlanta, Georgia. Photo Credit: Tim Driggers

Grab 'em by the midterms - D.C.

Vote! - Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Care2

Tongue-in-cheek, but not wrong. (photo by Lorie Shaull)

Tongue-in-cheek, but not wrong. – Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull

A passionate plea - D.C.

A passionate plea – Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Care2

Photo Credit: Mobilus in Mobili

112 comments

Chad A
Chad A2 months ago

Thank you!

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Peggy B
Peggy B3 months ago

Noted

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Jen S
Jen S3 months ago

Every one of these signs and the kids holding them give me hope. I applaud all of them and as an aside, I especially liked the one about teachers not being human shields. I teach college archaeology.

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S M
S M3 months ago

Looking at America from outside I actually feel hopeful this time that the determination of these youngsters will make change on the gun laws and US mentality on the need to have a gun, ..... and the world might become a safer place without a gun being a norm in the mind of Americans.
I thank all the other citizens of all ages that are supporting these teenagers.

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Karen H
Karen H3 months ago

When I was a kid, we had air raid drills where we'd go in the cloakroom and put our coats over our head. We all thought Russia would nuke us and we were terrified. One night my family was downtown when the air raid sirens were tested. Everybody went about their business, but I was terrified, thinking we were about to be nuked. I still remember the panic attack, and I can only imagine how these kids are going to deal with things like 4th of July fireworks. Are they getting counseling? The physical injuries can be taken care of, but what about the emotional and psychological injuries. I hope these young people are getting the help they need.

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Janis K
Janis K3 months ago

It would be interesting to see the voting age lowered to 16. NRA bought politicians would be out of office in a heartbeat and I'd bet the youth turnout would put the rest of us to shame.

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Roberta G
Roberta G3 months ago

Eric L...you are avoiding the issue I raised. I repeat, no matter how much you think you know and no matter how intelligent you think you are, you DO NOT ridicule the fears of teens who go to school expecting this could be the day they die. To repeat, that is the issue you are avoiding. This is an issue on which you are NOT an expert.

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees3 months ago

@pam w

"Nobody will ever convince me that the 2nd Amendment was written to include automatic weapons! I have no patience for those who simply excuse their LUST for guns (penile equivalents) with empty words about ''well, we NEED them for self-protection," blah, blah, blah. What we have is a nation of cowboy wanna-be-s."

Pam
Who is saying we the people need automatic weapons?
The AR15, most rifles and handguns are semi-automatic.

What is the purpose of the 2nd amendment?
It's sole purpose is the last line of defense against Tyranny should the checks and balance of the 3 branches of government ever fail us. Of course there is zero danger of that right? /sarcasm people

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees3 months ago

Once again Roberta I'm not attacking anyone. Yes I point out their ignorance and try to educate them. I'll admit and welcome feedback from people that know more than I do on a subject. There are many subjects that I know far less on and I am no expert on these subjects, it just appears that way in comparison to most on these topics.

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Roberta G
Roberta G3 months ago

Eric Lees, I would suggest you "educate YOURSELF" and read the profile of Jose Maria Olmos Santana before you unleash a torrent of unfounded criticism at him.

AND...in reference to your other comment, you are in the minority here because, just as you attacked another Care 2 contributor for expressing his opinion, you are also attacking students. They have seen kids their age and younger live through hell and they are trying to prevent the same thing from happening to them. And you think their feelings and fears are comical (your words)l? You complain about others here attacking you personally. You have attacked thousands of young people by ridiculing their feelings and fears.

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