Hundreds gather to protest gun violence at local March For Our Lives rally

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - March For Our Lives is an international rally that inspired people across the globe, including crowds right here in the east, to gather together and protest gun violence.

These marches come after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and local organizers say it's a day of action, calling for gun safety legislation.

A sea of signs circled around the Pitt County Courthouse Saturday to demand change.

"'I'm tired of the fact that there is no gun regulation, that anyone can just go on the internet and purchase a gun, and always want to say oh we send our thoughts and prayers. We need more than thoughts and prayers," Protestor Myana Mabry said.

The event was organized by local students.

" I think it says our generation is a generation of change," March For Our Lives Organizer Lauren Bordeaux said.

In the crowd of hundreds outside the courthouse, there were a variety of perspectives, some maybe different than you would expect.

"We just wanted to stand-up to protect our second amendment rights," Counter protester Catherine Durett said.

These counter protesters say they did not come to the courthouse to divide. They say they want to see change and understanding come from these tragedies.

"It's a very tough, emotional subject and I feel like people need to come together from different opinions to be able to find a solution that helps students and helps children and schools," Durett said.

One of the biggest takeaways from Saturday's march was the importance of voting. Organizers say that's the best way to make lasting change.