TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Demonstrators raised their voices in a call for safer schools and stricter gun control measures across the country on March 24th.
The Washington D.C. march was the epicenter of the day's rallies, coming in the wake of February's Florida school shooting.
17 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida last month.
Survivors of the attack organized the massive Washington D.C. march demanding more action to help prevent gun violence.
Hundreds of smaller rallies took place across the country including multiple here in East Texas.
At the March For Our Lives rally held in Tyler, demonstrators stood in solidarity with Parkland survivors.
"We are here to join as a voice, a loud voice, a voice that cannot be ignored," one Tyler demonstrator said surrounded by students of all ages. "We are presenting an opportunity for the second amendment to be upheld while the sanctity of our lives is also honored."
Among those who attended the rally were mothers, retired educators and students who have been the driving force behind the nationwide movement.
"We should be worried about our tests and our exams coming up," says Whitehouse Junior High Student Miriana Mason. "Instead of constantly worrying about who's coming through the door that day."
Organizers of the Tyler rally say they are hoping to send a clear message to lawmakers and call others to action.
"We are ready for common sense gun control, constitutional gun control," says Jacob McIeod, a UT Tyler student who served as the rally's lead organizer. "I hope it shows our politicians in Washington and Austin that we are standing up, we can vote them out of office if necessary, and we are serious about gun reform and making a change in our area."
The March For Our Lives rally in Tyler ended with a moment of silence to remember each of the students who died in Parkland, Florida.