But for the tens of thousands of students fed up with seeing school shootings on the news who will protest at the March For Our Lives event on Saturday, they are demanding that change comes soon. They want safer schools – and they’re calling on their leaders to make it happen.
Among the young demonstrators will be students from New Mexico, including students from Aztec High, where two were killed in a December shooting that sent shockwaves through the community.
Those students, about a dozen of them, met with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM, in his Capitol office on Friday, bringing honesty and earnestness about how they feel each time they walk onto campus.
The man in the suit was clearly the politician, but it was those in flannel shirts, hoodies and baseball caps who had the biggest voices in the room.
“The fact that every time I enter a class I say, ‘If there was an active shooter, what would I do?’ It makes learning pretty hard when (at) every loud noise I’m like, ‘Am I going to die in this classroom?'” said one student.
Watch the above video for more from Chris Ramirez in our nation’s capital.