No More Excuses Rally

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Carly Knight-Carrier

Wandi Alum Morgan Pace displays a sign expressing support for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Eva Chillura, Staff Writer

The Brady Campaign organized the #NoMoreExcuses rally in Marion Square on Feb.. 19 to bring awareness to increasing gun violence and in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.
#NoMoreExcuses was the name of the rally to emphasize that action in legislation needs to be taken now without excuses. Signs, t-shirts and candles were displayed by the protesters that centered around this theme and gun control.
With the mission of the Brady Campaign being to prevent gun violence, people from the Charleston area came to support victims and victims’ families that have been touched by gun violence and the specific Parkland shooting.
Along with the Brady Campaign, Moms Demand Action for gun sense in America made an appearance at the rally. Former Wando Yearbook adviser and English teacher Jackie Shelley led the group, being the Charleston Group Leader of the organization.
The event lead into the night when protesters were encouraged to light the row of candles laid out by the event’s organizers in solidarity to gun violence victims.
The evening was filled with heartfelt speeches made by students, teachers and community members. The impact of these speeches was felt by the entire crowd — some crying, some chanting, all out there to make a change.