Locals Protest Guns

Dan Wood    Demonstrators gathered outside Big 5 Sporting Goods at South Shore Center to protest its sales of assault-style weapons last Saturday.

More than 500 people showed up for a “March for Our Lives” vigil on Saturday, March 24, at Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue. The crowd swelled with Alamedans showing their support for the children and expressing their wishes to see an end to gun violence in schools. 

The demonstrators proceded down Park Street in a line stretching an estimated five blocks, serenaded by loud cheers and honks of passersby. 

Arriving at the Big Five Sporting Goods Store at South Shore Center, the demonstrators were met peacefully by the store’s security staff who allowed them to stay on the premises to express their disapproval of assault-style weapon sales in Alameda. 

Two students addressed the crowd about their fears of going to school and being shot. Organizers encouraged all in attendance to join the letter writing campaign to Big Five spearheaded by Alameda’s Christ Episcopal Church. After chants of “this is what democracy looks like,” the demonstrators disbanded peacefully.