Musician, Taylor Swift, added her name to the growing list of celebrities contributing to the March For Our Lives campaign. The campaign began after the mass shooting on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Americans' have become used to mass shootings. It is a way of life and usually the pattern follows a typical path, first shock, followed by thoughts and prayers, a bit of anger and then nothing. This time things are different.
Immediately following the shooting at their school, students at Stoneman Douglas began to organize. They gave speeches, called out politicians along with the NRA, and organized a nationwide walkout. People took notice and the March For Our Lives protest gathered support from a vast array of celebrities, including Garth Brooks, Oprah Winfrey, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Morgan Freeman, Aparna Nancherla, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Asner, Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union, Ellen Degeneres, and now Swift.
As the students lead the march in Washington DC, Swift and other celebrities sent out support through social media.
No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence. Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship. I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform. I’m so moved by the Parkland High School students, faculty, by all families and friends of victims who have spoken out, trying to prevent this from happening again.
.@BTWFoundation & I believe in the power of young people to create a better future. We’re so proud to stand with @MTV & @NAACP to support the young people marching for safer schools and communities. I am proud to sponsor a bus, heading from Harlem to DC for #MarchForOurLives— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 24, 2018
Today I March for the students of Parkland and everywhere and I March for Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson. We need to digitize gun-sales records, mandate universal background checks, close gun-show loopholes and straw-man purchases, ban high-capacity magazines, and push for a comprehensive assault weapons ban with an extensive buyback system. Thank you Emma Gonzalez!. #notonemore #marchforourlives
I’ll always stand for open dialogue and action - it’s the only way to ensure bad history doesn’t repeat itself. When it comes to protecting our children, all bets are off and the responsibility lies with us adults and lawmakers to listen and do. Very strong day. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/4gJ0QKdMYw— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 24, 2018
“When a gun has more rights than you” ⚡️Today I stand in reverence of the students who’ve experienced such personal tragedy & used their voices to unite and action. Today we March For Our Lives. Today we reclaim our right to safety⚡️ Hope you can join/support #EnoughisEnough pic.twitter.com/MIgci6GIa1— Yara shahidi (@YaraShahidi) March 24, 2018
Reports coming in are saying hundreds of thousands around the world showed up to march.
The young people are having their voices heard.