Multiple issues were addressed by marchers in chants and through signs. Arming teachers? Bad idea. The NRA? "Hey hey, ho ho, they've got to go." Student safety in schools? Debatable. Some marchers felt safe sending their kids to school, but others thought it was only a matter of time before their school became the next shooting location.
"I do, I'm very optimistic," said marcher Molly Griffis about if she felt safe sending her kids to school. "But then there's an occurrence like Florida ... and I do, I have a little bit of fear. I feel that the schools that my kids attend are prepared, unfortunately. They have to be prepared because of what has occured in the past several years. Sadly, I feel like my boys have fear going to school."
Some schools are ready for shooters by having lockdown procedures in place in the event of a shooting.
Student Katie Mosley, 12, discussed "shutdown classroom protocol" in her math class, where students had to take off a magnet that keeps their classroom door open and hide.
"So a student goes over, peels off the magnet, and then runs to where they're hiding," Mosley said. "Take the magnet off, go hide, stay away from windows and doors."
Another purpose of this march was to make that reality not a reality anymore.
"My daughter is turning 18. It's great that we're turning out, it's great that we're marching, but if our young people don't turn out and register to vote and then turn out to vote, change won't happen. So the most important thing is to follow through and vote." - Sherry Luna, holding rainbow flag with husband Philip Ostrom, holding American flag, parents of two teenagers