Parkland student Aalayah Eastmond, who attended with her mother Stacey-Ann, urged lawmakers to take action, noting it’s been more than a month since the shooting.
“It's been 36 days and nothing's happened! We have to move fast,” she said.
Parkland librarian Diana Haneski, who protected students during the shooting, said she was compelled to join the students in Washington given what happened to them.
“If this were any other Thursday, I'd be back in the library, helping students, helping them learn, and I can't be silent when there are solutions right in front of us,” she said.
Eastmond and David Hogg, another Parkland student and gun safety activist, said Saturday’s march was a kickoff, not a culmination, for their efforts.
“The march is just the start. We will fight for this until change happens. If you guys don't want to hear about it anymore, fix it so we don't have to keep repeating ourselves,” Eastmond said.
Hogg said the Parkland students and their supporters will seek to establish clubs across America that will organize students of all backgrounds to lobby their state capitals in favor of gun legislation they want to see passed.