March For Our Lives: Students press for gun control in Columbus


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Thousands of students, parents and activists marched in downtown Columbus Saturday as part of the March For Our Lives rallies happening across the United States.

The March For Our Lives event is a national movement led by students demanding gun reform after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.

Demonstrators and supporters marched from West Bank Park to the Ohio Statehouse.

The demonstration in the capital city was one of many happening in 800 cities around the world.

In Washington, hundreds of thousands of protesters attended the national march. The students were accompanied by a number of celebrity performers, including Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Vic Mensa.

In a statement, the organizers said protesters will demand that a "comprehensive and effective bill" is immediately brought before Congress to address gun issues.

"Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear," the statement said. "It doesn't have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard."