The March for Our Lives rally on Saturday was astonishingly successful, organized by high school kids and backed financially by benefactors like Oprah and George Clooney. In just six weeks, the survivors of the school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School combined their efforts with sister marches all over America. Photos of the creativity that poured out in the protest signs are all over the internet. We picked out some of the best signs from the participants in rallies across America.
It turned out, both young and old turned out for the march. The Washington Post says that surprisingly only 10 percent of the participants were under 18, while the average age in the crowd was just under 49 years old, similar to the age of participants at the Million Moms March in 2000.
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Judging by the signs, the crowd was well-armed with wit, grammar, facts, awareness, and a biting sense of humor.
The faces of the young and old really capture the message: Americans get it. They know the NRA has overplayed its hand in controlling the Congress. They know that the lives of our children matter immeasurably more than the sales of assault rifles.
They know what comes next, and that’s voting out politicians who fail to represent the people, instead prioritizing their contributions from the ever-more extremist NRA.
The voices of Blacks were loud and powerful. As one of the groups most disproportionately likely to be affected by gun violence, and also mostly ignored by the media, they deserve a much louder platform.
— Coco (@vortronncoco) March 25, 2018
— Micia Meesh (@_miciagirl) March 25, 2018
The faces of children like these kids really tell us exactly what is at stake and why we can’t fail to stop gun violence.
— CenterSocialImpact (@CtrSocialImpact) March 28, 2018
— Jennifer Goldman (@jgoldd) March 26, 2018
Retweeted Mallorie Sullivan ✨ (@malloriesullivn):
— Mary Lu Strange (@marylustrange) March 25, 2018
— Kathy Dillingham (@KathyDillingham) March 25, 2018
But wise old people were there celebrating the initiative and leadership that the younger generations have shown.
— OverworkedUnderpaid (@manyban2) March 25, 2018
Some older people weren’t holding back what they thought of the gun nuts.
— 🌊❄️MOMommyRN❄️🌊 (@asthehosptuRNs) March 27, 2018
And even man’s best friend got in on the act:
— Danielle Parhizkaran (@DanielleParhiz) March 25, 2018
— Eric Lipson (@lipsoneric) March 25, 2018
A great many of the signs were clever, heartfelt, correctly spelled, and all sent a powerful message.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 25, 2018
Women were out in force once more, and they had plenty to say:
— PerSister 🇺🇸❄️ 🕉 (@Rbhol1) March 25, 2018
— Daily Mom (@dailymomtweets) March 25, 2018
The subject of gun violence is horrific, but protesters managed to take on the subject effectively and artfully, pointing out the real problem: An apathetic and unmoving Congress.
— Serena Fill (@wahoogrll) March 25, 2018
— Mark Stable Genius (@MarineTunTavern) March 25, 2018
Many of the signs took aim at President Trump, who received millions in campaign ads from the NRA.
— #DefendDACA 🇺🇸⚔️🔥 (@EndDeportations) March 27, 2018
— Rob (@tattoorob40) March 25, 2018
Some Republicans turned out to protest as well: A sign we all would like to see more of.
— Ali O (@OAli123456) March 25, 2018
Many people commented on how awesome the signs were in cities across the country.
Next to the students and amazing, peaceful crowds, the signs were among the best things about #Marchforourlives.
Our signs were clever, thought-provoking, heartfelt, grammatically correct and devoid of spelling errors.
Oh yes, people – our sign game is tight … pic.twitter.com/QOczUi5cGI
— Stephanie Jones (@StephanieJ_DC) March 25, 2018
Some made sure to point out the problem with white terrorists, something it seems many on the right would rather conveniently ignore.
— Black Shinoda✊ (@reesesdelatwix) March 25, 2018
Many people noted the disparity between support for the 2nd Amendment and support for women’s equality among conservatives.
— (((Subodh Chandra))) (@SubodhChandra) March 25, 2018
Others noted the hypocrisy on display from conservatives who like to think they are devout, but appear to be following a warped version of religion:
— Official MissMel (@MissMel96) March 27, 2018
— Vanessa (@prlatina44) March 25, 2018
The hypocrisy of the so-called “pro-life” crowd got called out too:
— Elle Taco L 🌮 (@lovejohns88) March 25, 2018
The enthusiasm of the diverse people carrying signs was inspiring.
— Mrs Featherbottom (@featherbooty) March 25, 2018
Other signs got their point across with sarcasm and biting humor.
— cheryl (@ehcsztin) March 25, 2018
— MZampa (@aprilwhiterose) March 25, 2018
This extra-large sign made it very clear: It’s not a political issue inasmuch as it is a moral issue.
— Elisabeth Haffner (@e_haff) March 25, 2018
Finally, the teachers out there were grading Trump on his response so far, and it’s not pretty. They certainly didn’t think arming teachers was such a great idea.
— Julia Carlin (@MetsEnthusiast) March 24, 2018
For more, see the video about the many strong female voices leading the protests below. They sure do give us hope that the momentum for gun reform will carry forward to the November mid-terms, and that’s when the real change can finally begin!
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 28, 2018
Featured image: Screenshot via Twitter.