#NeverAgain tucson's community of students, teachers and ACTIVISTS banded together in protest of gun violence during march for our lives Demonstration.

By Rocky Baier and Victor Garcia

Their message was clear: "We want gun legislation, and we want it now."

The March For Our Lives protest spanned the nation, with thousands of protesters showing up for the Tucson march on March 24. Signs, flags and voices raised, the procession of marchers made its way from Jacome Plaza to the University of Arizona mall (above) where gun violence survivors, students and state representatives shared their stories and opinions about gun regulation.

Above: Video recap of the March For Our Lives rally.

Signs of the protest: Protesters carried signs with everything from statistics to quotes to get their message across.
"I march for my kids, I march for all future kids, I march for teachers. There's no place for fear and for hate and for weapons in a school." - Molly Griffis, mother of two boys

Timeline of the march:

11:00 a.m. -- Gather at Jacome Plaza

12:00 p.m. -- Begin marching

1:00 p.m. -- Marchers arrive at UA Mall, speeches begin

2:30 p.m. -- Wrap-up, March For Our Lives ends, marchers disperse

"I made [the papier mâché Trump head] after the election because I was so frustrated and outraged and I didn’t know how to control my anger ... I’m not out to inspire anyone, it’s just my way of expressing that’s all." - Nancy Procter

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

Above: Marchers flood Pennington Street on their way out of Jacome Plaza. They were chanting "What do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!"

Marchers sit on the hill of the Free-Speech Zone in front of the Administration Building.

The March For Our Lives protest ended, but more marches are already planned. On April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, there will be another national school walkout.

On the March For Our Lives website, a parting message reads "You Marched. Now We Fight For Our Lives." And communities are expected to continue to fight for gun regulations and safer schools, in the hope that Parkland never happens again.

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