SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU - In San Jose, the seat of innovation technology, hand written signs and old fashioned protesting ruled the day. Though what's going on Saturday in the South Bay is part of a national movement, make no mistake, this is about local folks demanding local protection -- safety for everyone in every school, in every theater, in every nightclub, in every gathering place and each and every street.
Despite intermittent showers, several thousand people of all ages, in a common cause to change attitudes, marched the mile from City Hall to Arena Park.
"We, as students want to show the world that we aren't afraid to standing up to the issues that plague the world which we've grown up in," said Isha Chander, a middle school student.
Students marching told spoke of puzzling reality they live. That while their primary purpose is to gain an education, they’re instead having to fear for their lives. And that makes those students in attendance question values
"We're valuing our guns more than peoples' lives. So, I'm marching for my life," said Angel Diaz, a high school student.
And our Second Amendment came up in conversation with an adult participant. "These are 18th century laws in a 21st century world. So, it's one of those things where we've lost context for what the intent was for the Second Amendment," said marching dad Daniel Hinojosa.
Virtually all blame the powerful NRA. "A bunch of people who value guns more than lives," said Sara Vera, a high school student.
But, what after today? "I certainly hope that the youngsters will continue to agitate and remind out government that they will be voters soon," said Naylor.
And so, its Silicon Valley versus Sniper Alley, senseless slaughter and semi-automatics, as well as inflexibility on what they say are common sense reforms.
"We're all in this together. This is our future," said Diaz.