Last weekend, in Washington D.C. 1.2 to 2 million people joined more than 800 marches and rallies for tighter gun control making this protest one of the largest ones in American history. At the demonstration, organized by the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, the atmosphere was so powerful that the comparison to Anti-Vietnam War march in the 1960s felt justified. The entire city was full of people with posters that said things like
“What is the only thing easier to buy than a gun?- A Republican” or “21st century guns- 18th century laws”.
It felt like the rally was the only topic that one would talk about this weekend: In the coach that we took to DC, at breakfast in the hostel or simply on the streets, people would walk up to us, seeing that we were headed for the march and offer us their views on gun violence. Therefore, it felt as if the entire city was united in shared goals:
Universal background checks on all gun purchases,
Banning semi-automatic weapons and bump stocks
Raising the age for gun possession to 21.
But even though the atmosphere in DC was inspiring and unifying, this march alone will not change America. It is important to keep fighting for this responsible gun legislation and to vote out those congressmen who are unwilling to take action on gun control. Therefore, everyone who is an American citizen and 18 or older in November should register to vote now in order to elect politicians who want to protect our lives (and not their power).