GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands gathered in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo to take part in a march to protest for changes in gun regulations following several school shootings in America.
Grand Rapids police estimate around 5,000 people flocked to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.
Powerful testimonies were shared from victims of gun violence and pleas for school shootings to end were made by area students.
“Bullets rang through our home, someone had two automatic weapons and decided to shoot through our windows,” said Denise Martin, a gun violence victim. “There are over 50 bullets in my house, I was on life support for a week.”
Martin said she and her family suffer from post-traumatic stress after that night, and the time for change is now.
“These young people who decided to stand up against the establishment and make a change,” Martin said. “We must support them in any way that we can. They are the future and it starts now.”
Millions of people were part of similar marches across the country. demanding changes to gun laws.
“We are here today to have our voices heard and to demand sensible gun legislation,” said Forest Hills Northern sophomore and march organizer Emily Dieffenbach. “From today, we hope in turn that you feel empowered and turn this march into a movement.”
A march was attended by thousands in Kalamazoo as well.