ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Crowds of people marched down Wyman Street as part of a national school shooting awareness event.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of people participated in the March For Our Lives walk through downtown Rockford. The march is part of a nation-wide movement to bring attention to school shootings and push for stricter gun laws.
"Somebody needs to do something. There's only so much you can do to lock down schools. You have to keep assault weapons out of people's hands," said John Stelter, a Vietnam veteran.
The march ended at Davis Park where Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara talked to the crowd, stating that we know the system is not working when it's easier to purchase a gun than it is to get a driver's license.
"Our gun culture, you know, in this country has more to do with gun violence because the guns are so readily available," said attendee David Soll.
Part of stricter gun laws includes mental health, which has been another hot topic across the nation in the past few years and is often tied to mass shootings.
"Sometimes they'll just snap and a gun unfortunately is readily available. They'll use it and it's unfortunate," added Soll.
Stelter says he knows first hand just how powerful some of those weapons are.
"I had an assault weapon when i was in the army. I wouldn't want to hold one ever again, i don't see why anyone else would either," said Stelter.
Many are crediting the movement to millennials standing up against school shootings after the recent Florida incident.