March For Our Lives: Local youth protest for gun control through the rain in Sarasota

March For Our Lives: Local youth protest for gun control through the rain in Sarasota

Gun Rights

A gun control protest spearheaded by local students couldn’t be stopped by the threat of rain clouds as the second annual March For Our Lives returned to the Sarasota Bayfront Park on Saturday morning. Organizers hoped for a crowd closer to last year’s 20,000 but were pleased that more than 100 people joined them to make their voices heard in their fight for “common sense gun control.” “It’s good to know that people are willing to deal with the rain to advocate for something that they’re passionate about,” said 17-year-old Ahmad Ibsais, a senior at Braden River High School, who played a major role in planning this year’s protest march across the John Ringling Causeway in downtown Sarasota. With Sarasota Police Department officers clearing the way ahead, marchers held signs that read “Disarm hate,” “Let our violence end” and “bullets are not school supplies.” By the end of their two-hour demonstration, signs and protesters alike were soaked through. Recaptcha requires verification. protected by reCAPTCHA Privacy – Terms Privacy – Terms SIGN UP Sign Up and Save Get six months of free digital access to the Bradenton Herald SUBSCRIBE WITH GOOGLE #ReadLocal When Ibsais found out that the official local chapter of the March For Our Lives movement wasn’t planning to host another in 2019, he and other teenagers took the reins. Those leaders addressed the crowd in short speeches before the walk. “How can we pursue life, liberty and happiness when 125,000 Americans are shot every year,” asked Madison […]

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