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Members of one South Carolina community rallied in response to the most recent deadly mass shooting at a high school.
The people involved with the rally are fed up, and the theme for the event was “No More Excuses!” according to a Facebook page created for the event.
The #NoMoreExcuses Rally For Change was Monday in Charleston at Marion Square, off King Street.
Speakers included local high school students, teachers, and parents, according to the event’s Facebook page. There will also be some community leaders present.
“This rally is in direct response to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last week. It’s time for change! Invite your friends!” read a message on the Facebook page.
As of 4 p.m., more than 100 people had committed to attend the rally, with more than 300 more showing interest in the event.
Speakers called for gun law reform and took aim at politicians who accept campaign donations from the NRA. Many people brought signs bearing messages equally critical on the same issues.
One person was fired up in their post on the event’s page, saying “The time for prayers, vigils and holding hands alone has come to an end. It’s time for action.
“Join us TODAY as we tell our SC state and federal elected officials...#NoMoreExcuses! WE DEMAND ACTION!”
Another commenter said they are an alum of Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Broward County and still have family living in Parkland, Fla.
“I will be there to support!”
Frances McLeod, a local foster parent who helped organize the rally, along with Dominic Kelly and Heather Shaw, said the plans came together over the weekend, according to postandcourier.com.
“If we can get it done in Charleston, hallelujah,” McLeod said.