Organized by the group Youth Over Guns, the marchers led carrying a white coffin and chanting “no justice, no peace.”
The organizers say the march was meant to call for gun control on a national level but especially in “communities of color” which they say are especially plagued by gun violence. Youth Over Guns says children of color are ten times more likely to be killed by guns that white children.
The gun debate in America shifted after a 19-year-old former student used a semiautomatic rifle to kill 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Gun rights proponents say the Second Amendment prohibits regulations on gun ownership and that enforcement of existing laws should be sufficient to stop violent incidents like the one at Santa Fe High School in Texas on May 20 where teenager Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been accused of killing eight students and two teachers.
Bipartisan support is increasing in favor of stronger gun regulations, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll in March. Fifty-four percent of Americans support stricter gun control policies such as background checks on gun purchasers and banning so-called assault rifles.