Protesters cross Brooklyn Bridge in March for Our Lives rally against gun violence

NEW YORK — March for Our Lives demonstrations were held in New York and across the country Saturday. Protesters, angry and tired of mass shootings, say they want change or they will head to the ballot box to create their own.

As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reports, demanding stricter gun laws were thousands of demonstrators in New York City, many of them parents, saying enough is enough.

“My kids were the same age as the Sandy Hook kids when Sandy Hook happened,” SoHo resident Kat Sosnick said. “Since then, they have been exposed to school shootings on the news and they’ve had drills at school, and I feel it has really affected their childhood, and I don’t want other children to suffer like that.”

Saturday’s March for Our Lives from Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan comes four years after the organization was founded by teens who survived the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17.

Organizers said more than 150 state laws were passed since the group’s last march, but this time they’re pushing for federal changes.

“I have a classroom full of kids that I worry about every day, every day. I teach them the second amendment rights, what are rights, how they change, how they’re for the times. The kids understand better than our Congress,” New York City teacher Eve Creary said.

“In school, we also talk about guns and how they’re not OK,” 8-year-old Olympia Kriegel said.

“I want her to be safe here in the country. I don’t want to have to look over my shoulder when I’m playing with her at a playground,” dad Otis Kriegel said.

Marchers made it across the Brooklyn Bridge to Lower Manhattan, where they stopped to listen to a series of speeches.

“We are building a movement that is a grassroots movement to eviscerate gun violence,” one speaker said.

“Enough analysis. We’ve analyzed it to the point of paralysis,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said.

Wednesday, the House passed a gun control bill that would raise the age to buy semi-automatic rifles to 21.

“Too much conversation is on the assault rifle. No, let’s zero in on the other part of it, and that is a handgun, and the federal government needs to respond,” Mayor Eric Adams said.

Some spectators told CBS2 they see the gun debate differently.

“Well, I’m a lifelong NRA member,” Staten Island resident Vladimir Jaffe said. “If you ban the guns, the bad guys will always get the guns.”

Event organizers say they count on strong turnout to lift gun laws higher on the federal agenda.

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