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Millions of people, mostly teens, marched on Washington, D.C. and in many major cities across the country to show their support for developing gun-control legislation with the March for Our Lives, inspired by the victims and survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting that killed 17 students and staff on Feb. 14. The march in Washington drew the biggest crowd, with MCNBC’s Brian Williams estimating about 1 million people at the march. A very large contingency from Chicago attended and participated on stage. Also, students that survived the shooting in Newtown, Ct., that killed more than 20 kids five years ago were on hand to shot their support to Parkland survivors.

The event also featured a number of speakers and performers, including Jennifer Hudson and Audra Day, who inspired the throngs with song. A highlight for many was the appearance and speech from 9-year-old Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King and wife Coretta. On Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation’s capitol, a handful of pro-gun protestors also showed up, only to be quickly shut down by a Black woman there to support the marchers. According to the Grio, wearing a “Life Over Guns” jacket, Charita Boseman walked up to the pro-NRA protestors and went toe to toe, winning the exchange by most accounts. “Most of the school shootings happen after hours or in the parking lot,” argued one of the guns rights protestors.

“One of them was an accidental discharge from a 3rd grader by touching a guys gun.” “Facts are facts!” Boseman clapped back. “So you’re okay with losing lives because you wanna keep your guns?. Life over guns. You sometimes have to put away your toys to protect lives,” she said. And that was pretty much it. Boseman also told nearby press that “Columbine should have been enough.” The NRA slammed the marchers, while many others praised the show of young people exercising their rights and showing interest in the political system to inspire change. California Rep. Diane Feinstein told MSNBC that she was “never prouder” of today’s youth as she watched coverage of the events across the country. Another protest is scheduled for April 20, which is the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, which resulted in 15 deaths.