Everyone’s Still Talking About This Controversial and Powerful Sign From the March For Our Lives
The February 14 Parkland, Florida shooting spawned student activists who brought the country together. Over a month later, on March 24th, the students lead the global March For Our Lives movement. Millions came together in cities including Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and Denver to rally for more gun regulation.
These are the signs from the U.S. rallies that everyone is still talking about, including the one that a member of the Trump family supported (page 7).
8. ‘There’s only one .45 I want fired’
Multiple students used their signs to express their views of the NRA, Congress’ lack of action on gun control, and the President of the United States. One student claimed there was only one .45 she wanted fired — insinuating it was President Trump.
Other marchers were motivated by a young man’s sign that pitted what he believed his high school concerns should be versus what they’d become. “I want a 4.5 GPA not a .45 Caliber to the head,” his sign read.
Next: They wanted to challenge current regulations.
7. ‘Don’t protect guns, protect us”
More than anything, young students called for protection and safety in their schools. “G(un) safe,” “Arms are for hugging,” and “My students are more important than your guns” were among them.
Many of the signs argued against President Trump’s proposal to arm school teachers with guns in order to protect their students. “My husband is a teacher and I barely trust him with the remote!” one read, while another claimed, “One time my teacher threw a calculator at my head. Yeah, arming teachers is a terrible idea.”
6. ‘With guns you can kill terrorists. With education you can kill terrorism.’
Emma, a 9-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, held her hand-made sign. Written on it was the above quote from I am Malala author Malala Yousafzai. The 20-year-old Pakistani activist is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in history and received the honor in 2014 at age 17.
Next: The students reminded the media what they lost.
5. ‘I miss my friends more than you’ll miss your handguns’
Marchers, passerby, and celebrities alike were extremely touched by an elementary school girl’s sign. Columnist Jessica Valenti tweeted; “Was doing alright until I saw a sign that said ‘I miss my friends more than you’ll miss your guns.'” Writer and director Ed Solomon called it one of his favorite signs from the New York City march.
Next: They challenged what should be regulated and what should not.
4. ‘Girls clothing is more regulated than guns’
High school students like Erica used their platform to express their disdain for current gun regulations through comparison. “If only my uterus could shoot bullets, then it wouldn’t need regulation,” another read.
Women made signs highlighting the juxtaposition of relaxed gun regulations to women’s rights. Women marched in D.C. holding signs that read; “As a girl, I hope to have as many rights as a gun someday,” while others sported shirts with a similar message at the Denver march.
Next: Celebrities reflected on recent shootings
3. ‘Gun and police violence are not separate conversations. RIP Stephon Clark.’
The Flash actor Kendrick Sampson marched in Los Angeles with a number of signs privy to recent shootings including that of Stephon Clark. Clark was shot on March 18 by police who believed he was armed with a gun; however, all that was found on Clark was a cell phone.
“We should be listening to the community activists/organizers in communities of color that have been calling for and offering great solutions (that don’t further incriminate and contribute to the dehumanization and destruction of POC) to the gun violence in general that has plagued poor communities of color for decades that the government and our mainstream society and media has largely ignored. Include them. Listen to them,” he wrote.
Next: This student narrowed it down to one point.
2. ‘It’s not left or right, it’s life or death’
A New Yorker posted her photos from the New York City march. While her sign, which sought to make viewers c0nsider gun control a bipartisan issue, was powerful, it was the Trump who liked it that drew attention. Tiffany Trump liked Julia Moshy’s Instagram post which featured a series of signs from the rally.
Tiffany wasn’t the only Trump who appeared to support the nation’s demonstrations on March 24th. “I have been heartened to see children across this country using their voices to speak out and try to create change. They are our future and they deserve a voice,” first lady Melania Trump said in a speech at a White House luncheon on February 26th.
Next: One of the most popular signs from the march
1. ‘When I said I’d rather die than go to math class that was hyperbole, a**holes’
One sign, in particular, was celebrated worldwide as a powerful statement toward Congress. One photo of the unnamed student is going viral as one of the most popular signs from the march.
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