SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Over the weekend, calls to mobilize action on gun control erupted on social media, with a nationwide march called "March for Our Lives" being planned for next month. San Luis Obispo is one of the hundreds of cities that plan on hosting this event.
"Being in a young demographic it's easy to think your say doesn't matter and that we're not a part of this revolution and really we are," said Alexa Ford, a Sophomore at Morro Bay High School.
Ford says her school community is similar to the one in Parkland. "It was really eye opening the fact that things like this could happen in the smallest, most connected communities," she explained.
Ford is now one of several teens who are planning on speaking at San Luis Obispo's "March for Our Lives" event next month. They're inspired by the Stoneman Douglas students who spoke their minds on a national stage.
"When you see someone 15 or 16 or 17 up there speaking about something that's so passionate to them in their lives, you could just feel that you could do that too and that they're not the only ones.. We can be leaders too," Ford said.
One of the event organizers, Dawn Addis, is no stranger to putting together these movements in SLO.
She's behind the local Women's March and other social justice movements.
"People no longer want to be afraid and they view being a part of our democracy as a way to solve that," Addis said.
So far, the March for Our Lives event has spread like wildfire across social media, with marches now planned across the U.S.
Addis believes this march will draw in a different crowd then they've had before, telling us: "I think we're gonna see people from all walks of life that are just tired of the gun violence, they're tired of the mass shootings, they're tired of not having any solutions. It's been 19 years since Columbine and we haven't seen any significant change in the United States so I think we're gonna see a large swath of the community that comes out."
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