WASHINGTON, DC (WCSC/CNN) - A student from Summerville High School was among hundreds of thousands of teens who rallied in the nation's capital to press for gun control.
Catie Martin was one of the students who participated in the "March For Our Lives" rally, which was organized by survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.
"I came all the way out here to Washington because I believe that gun control can and will be the most efficient way to keep our students safe," she said.
Teens changed "Vote them out!" referring to their hope that gun control will be an issue in the midterm elections later this year. They also carried signs with messages like, "Disarm hate," "We are the change" and "No more silence, end gun violence."
"I believe this march is going to make the biggest difference," Martin said. "More people are going to be safe in schools, churches, nightclubs, movie theaters. There are so many people here trying to get their voices heard, and I'm sure because we yelled loud enough, lawmakers are going to change these laws and we're going to be safe again."
It was one of the biggest youth protests since the Vietnam era.
At similar protests across the country, protestors called for bans on high-capacity magazines and assault-type rifles like the one used by the gunman in the deadly Parkland, Florida shooting. They also want tighter background checks, tougher school security and the raising of the age to buy guns.
Protesters denounced the National Rifle Association and its allies and complained that they are scared of getting shot in school and tired of inaction by grown-ups after one mass shooting after another.
The NRA fired back, posting on social media that Saturday's march was a "sham" organized by "Hollywood elites" and "gun-hating billionaires" who were trying to manipulate the youth in an attempt to destroy the Second Amendment.
A total of 17 people were killed in the Florida shooting and 17 more were wounded.