'March for Our Lives' today in Niagara Square

Hear LIVE coverage of nationwide movement 1pm to 3pm

Tom Puckett
March 24, 2018 - 7:17 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Teens from across the country, fed up with gun violence, will hold a March for Our Lives this afternoon. One such event will be in Buffalo in Niagara Square at 1:30pm.

Buffalo Public School Student Fariyah Ibrahim Diriye said, “Across our nation and in our communities, too many of my peers have become victims of gun violence because there are no laws to prevent these weapons from getting into the wrong hands. Our federal representatives tell us that it’s not the guns that are the problem but people. I, and millions of other students, will no longer accept that there is no good answer to that question. Our voices will be heard and Congress must pay attention."

“I am proud to join with the students and other members of our community who are united against gun violence by supporting the March for Our Lives movement in Buffalo,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “We must protect our children from all senseless gun violence, and I call upon our federal representatives to enact sensible and responsible gun control legislation.”

Paul McQuillen, Upstate Coordinator for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence said, “We are proud to partner with the students of Buffalo and Western New York to send a message to our legislators, that the lives of our students and children must take precedence over the profits of the gun lobby. The students have emboldened a new generation of activists and they are focused on safety from gun violence, in their homes, in their schools and in their communities.”

The March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C. was first announced by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty lost their lives after a gunman entered their school, and the nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety. Soon, students from across the nation were planning similar marches and rallies in their own hometowns. The March for Our Lives movement has become a catalyst for a national conversation on gun control legislation.

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