On Saturday, March 24, 2018, President Barack Obama released a statement via Twitter speaking out in support of the March For Our Lives protests for gun control. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in cities nationwide demanding stricter gun control laws after a wave of deadly school shootings have ravaged the United States. Special attention is being placed on the marches in Washington, D.C. as many ask if the nation’s capital will pay attention.
In a tweet, President Obama stated that he and Michelle Obama were inspired by the younger generation who made the marches a reality. He praised their leadership and encouraged them to continue raising their voices and fighting for the change needed to make the country safe for everyone.
The hashtag #MarchForOurLives is the top trend on all social media platforms and early estimates indicate at least one million people are protesting in Washington D.C. which is twice the amount that protested in the Washington D.C. Women’s March. The hashtag #MarchForOurLivesDC is also trending.
Michelle and I are so inspired by all the young people who made today’s marches happen. Keep at it. You’re leading us forward. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 24, 2018
The response to President Obama’s tweet and his statement has been vast. The tweet currently has more than 160,000 likes and over 41,000 retweets.
President Obama’s followers quickly shared photos and videos from their cities showing the massive amount of protesters who spent their Saturday’s raising their voices in an effort to change gun control laws.
While millions are participating in protests across the country, there are smaller counter-protests taking place. Some who are against gun control joined in the debate on President Obama’s Twitter feed. There were several comments alleging that Democrats and President Obama want to disarm Americans and take their gun rights away.
Though many celebrities and adults are involved with the March For Our Lives protests, it is a movement organized by youth and many young adults, teens, and young children hit the streets with signs and banners.
Children as young as six carried signs in remembrance of other children their age who were gunned down in school.
In addition to the March For Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C. more than 840 sister marches took place.
Did you participate in a March For Our Lives protest or a counter-protest?