ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Andrea Schroeder and her husband came to Orlando for their anniversary from Lauderdale, near where the Parkland shooting happened.
“I just didn't want to see the news anymore... and when it's in your own back yard... there were students from that school who went to our church, teachers who go do our church, it was just devastating,” she said.
So they decided to be among the thousands who thought it was important to be in Lake Eola park, today.
“It's great, I'm so glad to see the turnout,” she said.
Turning out to rally for stricter gun laws in Florida, and across the United States.
“Because you are demanding action and we're not going anywhere until we get it!” Rep. Val Demings said.
Today's call for action was inspired by the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School where 14 students and 3 staff were shot to death and 16 wounded by a suspect cops say is a former student with an AR-15 assault rifle.
Parents in the audience saying "enough."
“I don't need to be afraid to take my kids to school,” Mariellen Batchelor said.
People here say they're not calling for banning all guns.
They only want common-sense gun control measures.
“Things that can kill a lot of people at one time I don't understand... and I think a majority of the United States doesn't understand the need for that as well,” said Batchelor.
People here say if they accomplish nothing else, at least they've added their voices to a growing chorus against gun violence.