As part of a nationwide effort aimed at protesting school violence and favoring stricter gun laws, a crowd of protesters joined a March for Our Lives protest in front of Oswego High School Saturday morning, March 24.
The march coincided with similar marches in Washington D.C., Chicago, and across the country on Saturday.
Approximately two hundred protesters lined up along Route 71 in front of the high school Saturday morning, chanting "Enough is enough" and most holding signs. The signs were either from the March for Our Lives website or from organizations such as Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, and many were homemade.
During the event, a group of approximately four counter-protesters holding signs such as "Guns Save Lives" were stationed on the opposite corner but same side of Route 71 as the marchers, and a small group of anti-abortion protesters held large signs and shouted through a bullhorn on the opposite side of the highway toward the marchers.
Robyn Vickers, an Oswego resident who attended the event, said she was "inspired by these kids across the country who are raising their voices and demanding to be safe at school."
"They are standing up in a way that many adults have never done," Vickers said. "The very least I can do is be here to support them."
Vickers said it is not a "Democrat-Republican issue, it's not left or right, conservative or liberal; this is about all of us keeping our children safe."
Kayla Miller of Aurora held a large sign saying "Make It Stop" and "Gun Control Now," along with a list of schools and other sites where mass shootings have occurred.
"I'm sick and tired of waking up every morning to hear that more students or people in general have had their lives lost to gun violence," she said. "In the 1960s or before, we passed laws to have seat belts installed in cars because people were dying in car accidents. Why aren't we doing anything about guns? Why aren't we taking a stand on guns?"
Miller said she thinks there is real momentum to change the gun laws compared to past efforts.
"I think the children are our future and they're going to lead the way," she said.