The youth-led activism isn't over yet, not a chance. On Saturday, thousands of demonstrators gathered in New York City for the "Youth Over Guns" rally, protesting in support of gun control. And suffice to say, these photos of the Youth Over Guns event show just how driven by young people ― in particular students ― this movement is.
Young people across the country have been leading the charge for gun control activism for months now, in large part an outcome of the deadly school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida back in February. Following the shooting, which claimed the lives of 17 people, 14 of them students, many of the survivors have taken up the cause of gun safety reform, calling for legislative action, and organizing large-scale national protests.
In this case, Youth Over Guns reportedly collaborated with March For Our Lives NY to put together the event. March For Our Lives was formed by the Parkland activists and held a massive rally in Washington, D.C. back in March. According to The Hill, Youth Over Guns co-founder Ramon Contreras took a wide view of the scale of America's gun violence problem.
"Gun violence extends beyond the pull of a trigger," Contreras said. "Some of the roots, it goes to a lack of funding, and lack of effort towards our public school educational system and lack of funding towards local gun violence prevention groups who work on this issue for years now and work on the ground with students, and they are getting the funding and attention that they need."
It's plain to see from the many photos taken at Youth Over Guns ― which included a march on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge ― that young people are responding to this movement in a big way. Here are some of the sights seen during the demonstrations on Saturday.