Saturday, March 24, 2018

March for Our Lives: hundreds of thousands demand end to gun violence // Shooting Survivor To Politicians: We Want Change Or We’ll Vote You Out

Max Schachter, father of one of the victims, Alex, a 14-year Stoneman Douglas marching band musician, addressed the crowd at the rally.

Schacter broke down in tears as he recalled how his son enjoyed playing basketball with his older brother, and teaching his little sister “to become a better trombone player” and that on February 13 he was like any other parent, wanting his children to be happy and getting good grades.

Then the Valentine’s Day shooting happened.

“Since the day that changed my life, I will not stop fighting for change,” he said.
“The 17 beautiful angels would not stop fighting until make this world a better and safer place.”
Schachter has set up two foundations in his son’s memory, the Alex Schachter scholarship fund for the MSD marching band that his son loved.

The second is the Safe Schools for Alex foundation.

“Alex’s death could have been prevented, all the lives could have,” he said.

Schachter said the MSD students’ campaign for gun reform had inspired him.

“The beautiful lives lost have not and will not be in vain,” he said.
Read more: 
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2018/mar/24/march-for-our-lives-protest-gun-violence-washington