Myrtle Beach marchers demand gun reform as part of national movement
Walkers in Myrtle Beach participated in a nationwide March For Our Lives event Saturday. They demanded gun reform. Police closed off sections of streets at The Market Common as the walkers crossed. (Taggart Houck/WPDE){p}{/p}

Thousands across the country marched Saturday morning, there were also marchers at The Market Common demanding gun reform. 

If you walked around the area, you couldn't miss the chants: "No more silence, end gun violence," 

Students and parents led the march, intended to be a sibling march of the national movement in Washington, D.C. They demanded changes to gun laws, saying assault weapon bans would help prevent mass school shootings. 

"We want to feel safe in school again. We don't want to have to worry about, 'what if something's gonna happen or what we should be doing?'" said Ryan Thompson, an organizer of the march. Thompson is a senior at St. James High School. On March 14, he organized a student walk out on National Student Walk Out Day.

"It's ridiculous that we have to march for something like our lives!" said another marcher. 

The lines stretched into Valor Park for student testimonies. A handful of students, including Thompson spoke about their hope for the future, emphasizing the need for their generation to vote for elected leaders. 

"You can make the difference and I want more people to make the difference so I can go to school and feel safe," said another student. 

Caitlin Czeh survived the Virginia Tech shooting in April 2007. She shared her experience of that event with the crowd. While she wasn't shot at, she was on campus at the time events unfolded. 

"You never stop feeling the guilt of being a survivor when someone else's child is dead," said Czeh.  

Many of the marchers said they hope the chants translate to change in government. 

"We are going to be out there, the ones making a difference. It definitely brings a lot of hope for the future," Thompson said. 

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