"Enough is Enough:" Sights and sounds from Flint's March For Our Lives rally
FLINT, Mich. --Teenagers galvanized the country in a protest against gun violence.
Washington D.C. held the biggest March For Our Lives rally, but one right here in mid-Michigan was full of passion and conviction.
More than 100 people attended the Flint rally, it centered around changing policy and ending all gun violence --not just mass shootings.
Students, parents, community members and even political leaders all coming together to have their voices heard through one simple message.
"Enough is enough, enough is enough!"
From chants to signs and t-shirts the message was clear: now is the time to do something about guns in America.
Sierra Dennis says she got the idea for her sign from a bit of self-reflection.
"I saw myself and I saw the idea that this could actually happen to me or anyone because it's becoming so real in this country and its so apparent that guns are anywhere and it could harm me or him or anyone,” says Dennis.
March co-organizer Nikhil Mukkamala says although he's never felt unsafe in school, he knows of many others who have.
"I have a personal responsibility to make sure that those who don't feel safe in their own schools in my city and across the country are represented and their voices are heard," says Mukkamala.
Students say gun control is needed and it starts with lawmakers.
"The fact that private citizens can own military style weapons is wrong and they have an incredible amount of power over hundreds of people as we've seen in Las Vegas, in parkland in Maryland just this week,” says Arlo Simmerman.
"We just hope that lawmakers will start to take citizens seriously and they; quit listening to the special interest that are paying them off and start listening to the millions of people across the country who want more gun control, and want more guns off the street,” says Daniel Agar.
It all starts with a conversation.
'We want to turn this into a political discourse between us and our representatives at the city, state and federal level and this has to be more of a conversation instead of a far off ideal,” says Mukkamala.
It doesn’t stop here, they're hoping their message will land on the desk of those political leaders in the form of policy change.