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MARCH FOR OUR LIVES - TAMPA ,FL SATURDAY MARCH 24, 2018

The March For Our Lives is a demonstration taking place on March 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C., with 836 sibling events throughout the United States and around the world. To show our support, we decided to go to one of the sibling marches here in Tampa, Florida.

Student speakers from different schools in the Tampa area came together to share their stories and ask for their legislators to take action to protect children in schools.
Once the speakers finished, the demonstrators took to the streets marching and making their voices heard.
Some of the most intense feelings during the demonstration were towards the National Rifleman's Association (NRA). To many, the NRA and it's influential lobby are seen as the largest roadblocks in furthering the conversation for sensible gun laws.
We marched in solidarity, stopping to read the different signs people had made, and to share our ideas about how to start a more reasoned conversation on this complex problem.
Many of the demonstrators in the march spoke of their interest to preserve 2nd Amendment rights. To them, the freedom of the 2nd Amendment came with a set of responsibilities and compromises that could be made to try to make the situation better. While many can disagree - it was nice to see a willingness to compromise.

Some of the biggest messages seen during the Tampa march was the drive to vote. With only 58% of eligible voters participating in the last election, participation in our elections is paramount to enacting the change Americans want to see.

Students marched to share their fear and frustrations
Members of the armed forces - active and retired - marched to show solidarity with the March For Our Lives movement.
Through the march, participants not only shared a desire for change, but a desire for compassion, peace, and love.
They shared their determination to make their voices be heard. To educate themselves and mobilize for the change they want to see.

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