Proponents of stricter gun control laws — including UNC students — went to over 800 marches worldwide Saturday supporting students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed on Valentine's Day.
In North Carolina, thousands of protesters showed up in Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham. UNC senior Delaney O'Connell, a studio art major and education minor, attended the march in Raleigh. She said she went because she plans on working in schools in the near future.
"The growing fear students are faced with following each school shooting is more than concerning to me," she said.
O'Connell attended the march with her mother, who she said is very politically active, especially when it comes to gun control. She said one of the speakers noted her generation is defined by school shootings. O'Connell said the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 happened right before she started kindergarten.
"Now in my last year of schooling, the nation is responding to the student activism that followed Parkland," she said.