At least 10 marches in NJ on Saturday call for an end to gun violence

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OCEAN CITY – Stefany Mayz was a child when the Columbine High School massacre rocked the United States in April 1999.

Now Mayz has two children of her own, who are around the same age as those killed in the latest high-profile mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, last month.

Sometimes, she says, it can be hard to imagine leaving a better world for your children.

“Watching tragedy after tragedy I felt absolutely paralyzed, what can I do to help? I have to take action. I have to do something,” Mayz said.

In the short term, what Mayz did was become the organizer of a March For Our Lives rally in Ocean City on Saturday.

It is one of 10 marches currently scheduled in New Jersey that are officially sanctioned by the March For Our Lives website.

“Well beyond” the participation initially planned

The flagship march is taking place in Washington, DC, where the website says participants plan to “demonstrate to our elected officials that we demand and deserve a nation free of gun violence.”

Mayz expects hundreds of people to cross the 9th Street Bridge in Ocean City, starting on the public sidewalk at the bottom of the bridge at noon.

“When I first organized this event, I thought I would be happy if 50 people showed up, but since then it has gone way beyond that,” she said.

“Frustrating…that we have to walk again”

Mayz said it was sad for her to see statistics suggesting that a large majority of gun owners, including members of the National Rifle Association, support increased or improved background checks on gun buyers. fire arms.

And those feelings intensify every time there is a new threat or a new fear, or an actual incident.

“What’s frustrating about this is the fact that we have to march again, Sandy Hook happened, Parkland happened, I mean March for Our Lives grew out of what happened in Parkland “, she said. “Last May there were only five days without a mass shooting in the United States, and some of the worst have happened in the past two weeks.”

The best place to follow updates on the Ocean City walk is the Facebook page of the event, Mayz said, and information on how to participate in all of New Jersey’s scheduled marches is available at walkforourlives.com.

In addition to Ocean City, marches in Atlantic City and Toms River get off at 12 p.m. Saturday. one in Springfield starts at 8 a.m., newark starts at 10 a.m. and roselle, Sewelland Somerset start at 11am

Princeton and Asbury Park are later in the day, starting at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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