CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - More than 2,000 people gathered at First Ward Park in Charlotte Saturday morning as a part of the nationwide "March For Our Lives" movement.
The march was held to show solidarity and find ways to pass laws banning the sale of assault weapons and improving background checks.
The park began flooding with demonstrators around 10:30 a.m. The rally officially began at 11:00 a.m. Students, parents and activists listened to speakers, chanted and finally marched together to Marshall Park.
"I believe every child, every student, deserves to be able to go to school without being fearful for their life. That is an undeniable right," one student speaker said.
The event was largely student-led, but there were also speakers and attendees who were survivors of the Sandy Hook shooting, and alumni of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
“They survived school shootings and now they are doing what they have to do, they are doing what they have to do for their peers who didn't make it out alive of that school and if no one else if going to do it then they are going to do it," student organizer Carly Lerner said.
The cousin of one of the Parkland shooting victims, Mike Whirst, also was there to deliver an emotional speech.
Participants at the event are calling for a ban on assault rifles and weapon modifiers, stricter background checks for those who purchase guns and they encouraged people to get out and vote for elected officials that will support these measures.