The student activist group that formed after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018 to organize the Charleston March For Our Lives will be holding their second annual march on Sunday, March 24th from 3:30 to 6:30 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.
Lowcountry Students for Political Action is holding this demonstration on the anniversary of last year’s nationwide March For Our Lives where young people rallied in dozens of cities across the United States in support of common-sense gun reform. This year’s protest will primarily focus on gun violence in the Charleston-area and across South Carolina to raise awareness about the crisis and pressure lawmakers to address the issue.
Last year, 829 people in South Carolina were killed with a gun. 39 of those people were children and teenagers, not including the dozens of youth who used a gun to commit suicide. This makes guns the second-leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 17 in South Carolina. To put that in perspective, 628 people in South Carolina died due to opioid-related overdoses in 2016.
The demonstration will be held at Riverfront Park in North Charleston (1061 Everglades Avenue) from 3:30 to 6:30 on Sunday, March 24th. Notable speakers will be announced in the coming weeks along with any important updates about the march.
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