RALEIGH, N.C. -- Cities across the nation participated in the March For Our Lives walk for gun control on Saturday, and Raleigh's demonstration was hard to ignore.

Thousands of demonstrators filled Fayetteville Street and marched to Halifax Mall--right behind the North Carolina Legislative Building. The march came in the wake of the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida and many of the protesters brought signs to show their displeasure with a lack of gun control.

Many of the demonstrators work in education and they said they worried about what a post-Parkland future would be like for the next generation if gun laws are left unchecked.

"We're playing tag outside one minute and the next we're pretending there's an active shooter trying to kill them," said Chloe Torgersen, an education student at Appalachian State who volunteers with an after school program. "I don't think that should be necessary in our schools. It shouldn't be necessary for kids to worry about their own lives."

The crowd also heard from several state representatives as well as a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.

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