On a chilly day in March hundreds of people came out to Perry Square in Downtown Erie for a rally. “it strikes me how one’s life, beautiful soul and energy can be taken with such a careless act,” an 8th grader says from the stage. With the microphone in one hand and her prepared remarks in another, the young girl faces the large crowd and speaks with conviction and emotion about the topic at hand.
Just over 5 weeks after 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a student-led initiative calling for legislators to enforce stricter gun control laws is gaining momentum across the country.
Some elected officials including Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper and Erie School Board Director Tyler Titus were among the supporters at the rally. Titus gave a speech and even performed a powerful poem he had written about the current political climate surrounding the debate.
“We are burying our babies, along with their hopes and dreams. Haunted by rapid fire bullets, their cries and screams….”
This rally is just one of many that took place Saturday in cities across the country. Hundreds of thousands of protesters turned out in the nation’s Capitol, including a group from Erie. Back here at Perry Square hundreds, maybe even a thousand or so people stood up for this cause.