More than 125 people showed up to the March For Our Lives event in Aberdeen’s Zelasko Park on Saturday to advocate for stricter gun legislation, according to a press release.
The Grays Harbor rally and march was one of hundreds of similar protests around the world, organized in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 students and school staff members dead.
After gathering at the park, several spoke about their personal experiences with gun violence, as well as general desire to increase gun restrictions. One of the speakers was Air Force veteran Brad Everson, who said he believes civilians don’t need to own automatic or semiautomatic weapons for hunting or sport shooting.
Aberdeen High School Senior Myah Kuhl also spoke to the crowd, emphasizing that students need to feel safe from gun violence in schools.
Jenny Stergill, a counselor at AJ West Elementary School, spoke in favor of adding more professional school counselors to help students cope with tragedies, and commented that she believes bullying can contribute to these problems.
After the speakers concluded, participants marched through downtown Aberdeen, eventually circling back to the park.
The event was organized by Marianna Hopkins-Everson from the group Our Revolution/Democracy Rising, Marcella Dykes from Ocean Shores Indivisible, and Dana Deitz.