2,000 converge on Rockland courthouse for gun reform rally

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Students and their supporters took to the steps of the Rockland County Courthouse Saturday in solidarity with the March For Our Lives rally to end gun violence.

The March For Our Lives movement kicked off following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people last month. Since then, a wave of student activism and community partnerships have spread across the nation.

An estimated 2,000 people were in attendance in New City, arguing for what they call “common sense gun control.”

“The message we want to send is that enough is enough” says student Kayla Singleton. “When [adults] have failed us, it is our job to take it into our own hands.”

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Supporters of the movement carried signs that read, “Never Again” and “Enough is Enough.”

“The fear is not going to hold us back but make us go forward,” says Singleton, who went on to say that she hopes the movement travels worldwide.

Several sibling rallies took place in the region outside of Rockland County, including in White Plains where protesters marched from Post Elementary School to the MLK Institute. Activists say they believe this movement has the moment to bring “Never Again” to fruition.

"The kids have led this entire movement,” said Rev. Doris K. Dalton, of the MLK Institute. “We are here under their instruction. We hope they will continue to be activists and lead us, and that their voices will be heard not only by legislators but by voting adults.”

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