NEW YORK CITY YOUTH MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
By: Mike Leventhal, APB Stafer Writer & Producer
March 2018, New York City: On Saturday, March 24, more than 200,000 demonstrators, many of them students, took to the streets of Manhattan as part of the national “March For Our Lives” rallies to demand action on gun control.
The protesters, who chanted and raised colorful posters in favor of gun control legislation, were peaceful and orderly under the watchful eye of the New York City Police Department.
Among the local politicians who joined the march were Senator Chuck Schumer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio.
Sir Paul McCartney joined the crowds along Central Park West, noting that the murder of his former Beatle bandmate John Lennon, who was gunned down in December 1980, was the reason why he decided to participate. Said McCartney “one of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me…”
Recent polling from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 69 percent of Americans believe that gun laws in the United States should be stricter. More than 800 protests, prompted by the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were planned in every state in the United States.