Hundreds turn out for downtown Pensacola gun control march (PHOTOS)

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dove acquistare viagra generico a Milano Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Pensacola on Saturday morning to protest gun violence in Florida and nationwide. The gathering was a part of the greater “March for Our Lives” protests seen across the country.

go here The crowd gathered at the corner of Palafox Street and Gregory Street around 10 a.m.

go site An abundance of protesters carried signs, and speakers were featured throughout the event. Speakers called for stricter gun control from lawmakers in Washington, as well as Tallahassee. Phrases such “#NeverAgain” were common among the hundreds of signs being carried throughout.  

The event organizer and UWF alumni Woodline Lauvince expressed to the crowd of almost 1,000 that now is the time to change Florida gun laws. Her statements were often backed with a roar of approval from the crowd. Other speakers included students from nearby Pensacola High School.

“Now is the time, not tomorrow or next year, to march for our lives,” Lauvince said. “We need to see the change we’re marching here for.”

After a series of speakers, the crowd marched south down Palafox Street along the sidewalks. Traffic was temporarily halted due to the high attendance. Chants demanding change and action were a common sound throughout the march.

The protest ended in front of the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building, where more chants and speaking resumed. The event remained organized and civil, with no issues besides an attendee needing medical attention from overheating.

A Facebook page devoted to the event only listed around 200 attendees beforehand. The estimated number of total marchers was close to 1,000. The march collides with the bigger “March for Our Lives Movement” sweeping the nation following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last month.

Lauvince thanked the audience for the large turnout at the end of the march and issued a statement of support. 

“This is just the beginning of stopping this violence,” Lauvince said. “Let’s not stop our voices here until everyone is safe.”

 

Here are some photos of the march, taken by Drew Drohan and Courtney Shaw:

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