Wilborn P. Noble III, sommos.net | The Times-Picayune published Mar 24, 2018 in ~ 11:25 afternoon | updated Jul 12, 2019 in ~ 11:42 to be released Mar 24, 2018 at 11:25 afternoon | update Jul 12, 2019 in ~ 11:42 am
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People conference at the Washington Square Park because that the March because that Our resides protest in new Orleans on Saturday, march 24, 2018. The march began at the park and also ended in ~ Duncan Plaza with a rally. (Photo through Brett Duke, sommos.net | The Times-Picayune)


Fiona Collins, 15, participates in the March because that Our resides protest in brand-new Orleans ~ above Saturday, march 24, 2018. The march started at Washington Square Park and also ended at Duncan Plaza v a rally. (Photo by Brett Duke, sommos.net | The Times-Picayune)


People take part in the March for Our stays protest near the intersection of Decatur and Frenchmen roadways in new Orleans on Saturday, in march 24, 2018. The march began at Washington Square Park and ended at Duncan Plaza through a rally. (Photo through Brett Duke, sommos.net | The Times-Picayune)


Lily Gresham, 7, and her brother Jaxon, 11, host signs together they prepare to take part in the March because that Our stays protest in brand-new Orleans top top Saturday, in march 24, 2018. The march began at Washington Square Park and ended in ~ Duncan Plaza through a rally. (Photo by Brett Duke, sommos.net | The Times-Picayune)


New orleans city councilman Jason Williams participates in the March because that Our stays protest in brand-new Orleans top top Saturday, march 24, 2018. The march began at Washington Square Park and ended in ~ Duncan Plaza with a rally. (Photo by Brett Duke, sommos.net | The Times-Picayune)


The March for Our stays protest crosses Canal Street in new Orleans top top Saturday, march 24, 2018. The march began at Washington Square Park and ended in ~ Duncan Plaza v a rally. (Photo through Brett Duke, sommos.net | The Times-Picayune)


Mosiah Chartock-Zayas, 3, rides on his dads shoulders during the March because that Our lives protest in brand-new Orleans ~ above Saturday, in march 24, 2018. The march and also rally started at Washington Square Park and also went to Duncan Plaza. (Photo by Brett Duke, sommos.net | The Times-Picayune)


People take component in the March for Our resides protest near the intersection the Decatur and Frenchmen highways in brand-new Orleans on Saturday, in march 24, 2018. The march began at Washington Square Park and also ended in ~ Duncan Plaza through a rally. (Photo by Brett Duke, sommos.net | The Times-Picayune)


Participants in the March for Our stays protest make their means down Decatur Street in brand-new Orleans on Saturday, in march 24, 2018. The march began at Washington Square Park and ended in ~ Duncan Plaza through a rally. (Photo by Brett Duke, sommos.net | The Times-Picayune)


Thousands of students, parents and teachers chanting "No more silence, finish gun violence," turned the end in brand-new Orleans" French 4 minutes 1 on Saturday (March 24) to sign up with the national March for Our Lives motion designed to press lawmakers come tighten gun manage laws.

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Organizers the the to work in brand-new Orleans had actually several students command the march as protesters gathered in ~ Washington Park top top Elysian fields Avenue, wherein demonstrators hosted signs analysis "Change gun legislations or change Congress," and also "Thoughts and prayers room not bulletproof." One woman was join by she young children, who sat in a big red wagon as they carried signs reading "I call B.S."

The big crowd captured the fist of tourists and residents alike follow me Decatur Street, where one woman wearing a "March for Our Lives" sticker shouted "We space so proud that you" in ~ the students top the march. Your chanting drowned out the sounds of a tape performing at the Gazebo Cafe. A on facebook page developed by the organizers declared 1,450 civilization were in attendance.


Lori Strosnider,one that the organizers with Moms need Action, a gun regulate advocacy team that aided put with each other Saturday"s event, told sommos.net | The Times-Picayune Monday the the official estimate for attendance is 8,000.

City Council president Jason Williams was amongst those existing during the afternoon march, where he and also others chanted "Protect kids, no guns," as company employees and patrons peered out of windows and doorways.

Williams joined various other officials and students in ~ Duncan Plaza near City Hall, where demonstrators held a rally to do their requirements known. Universal background check for all gun buyers and age constraints on attack weapons were among the demands made by students. Students also called for a repeal of the Dickey Amendment, which avoids the Centers for an illness Control and also Prevention from advocating or studying gun control in a clinical manner.

"These demands just scratch the surface ar of what we room trying to achieve. We want to make certain every American, every child, is safe from pistol violence," Ben Franklin High student Olivia Keefe said.

Keefe, a co-organizer the March because that Our Lives, called attendees she was worn down of gift silenced by human being who argued she was too young in ~ 17 to voice her opinions on pistol control. "I hate to break it to you, however I"ve live my totality life in the era of fixed shootings," she said.

She likewise told attendees she"s made it through "three risks of violence made versus my school," consisting of once in center school and also twice in ~ Ben Franklin. Louise Olivier, an additional Ben Franklin student and also March for Our resides co-organizer, stated they should be able to receive an education without taking time come practice active shooter drills.

"My teachers should not have actually to consider whether they would certainly sacrifice themselves for your students or even if it is they could defend us versus a gunman," Olivier said.

Attendees applauded Olivier as she referred to as for alters to pistol laws and also mental healthcare. Drawing attention to the 1996 harbor Arthur massacre in which 35 people were killed in Australia, Olivier claimed that country"s embrace of gun control has caused "no fixed shootings since."

State Reps. Gary Carter, D-New Orleans, and Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, were current to voice assistance for students. Carter advised attendees to carry their "energy" and voices to the state Capitol next week, when he plans to encourage a residence committee to happen his residence Bill 448, i m sorry would allow the seizure of weapons of anyone who poses a hazard to themselves or others.


Moreno additionally encouraged demonstrators to voice assistance for 2 bills she"s authored. House Bill 603 would prohibit the sale and possession of assault weapons and high volume magazines, and also require those who at this time possess those weapons to it is registered or surrender them. House Bill 282 would prohibit the possession the firearms amongst people judge of stalking.

"(In Louisiana) over there are numerous pieces of regulation that promote smart gun safety reform. There space pieces the legislation taking care of banning bang stocks, and also pieces that legislation handling ensuring that those who space convicted of residential abuse battery actually relinquish their firearms," Moreno said.

The march and the rally offered as an action of solidarity through the bigger March because that Our stays movement, which held events in number of cities Saturday, consisting of Washington, D.C. A day earlier, 26 students native Edna Karr High and also Eleanor McMain an additional traveled to Washington to take part in the rally. Dozens of Walter Cohen College prepare students additionally marched to City hall on Friday to need gun control.

Saturday"s demonstration was the latest huge demonstration of student activism complying with the fixed shooting the left 17 human being dead in ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Fla. ~ above Feb. 14. A main ago, hundreds of students walked out of class nationwide to protest gun violence, including some students in new Orleans.

Some bystanders in the French 4 minutes 1 opposed the marchers" messages. Two human being on a balcony at Toulouse and Decatur highways flashed thumbs-down gestures in ~ the crowd about 12:50 p.m. An additional man on the sidewalk screamed the "Criminals room still walking to obtain guns."

However, the demonstrators were no deterred, consisting of Brother boy name High college student Elliot Canty. He emphasize at the rally that "the purposeful, inactivity of our politicians" to be in component responsible because that the ubiquity of massive shootings.

"In their greed, and their emphasis on just winning their next election, our chosen officials have become puppets to the nationwide Rifle Association, one entity developed to stand for the pistol industry and also protect their profits," Canty said.

"If the NRA can hold our federal government hostage and buy our weak-willed, puppet politicians, climate we will vote your puppets out," Canty added as attendees erupted right into applause.

*UPDATE: This story was updated Monday v the official estimate for attendance, listed by Moms demand Actions.

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Wilborn P. Nobles IIIis an education reporter based in New Orleans. He deserve to be got to at wnobles