By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4) – Thousands of Coloradans across the state participated in various March for Our Lives protests on Saturday. In Denver, hundreds showed up at Civic Center Park carrying signs and speaking about gun safety.

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for a time, some people lay on the ground, motionless, on Civic Center Park’s amphitheater steps for minutes in silence honoring the lives of mass shooting victims.

“The fact that people are just sitting here watching it happen and nothing is being done, no laws are being put into action, no senators are doing anything, it’s just crazy to me. Because we are children out here doing this and people who actually have the power and can actually do something about it aren’t,” said participant Rachel Volek.

“I really hope that it puts it into perspective for people. I feel like a lot of people are so desensitized that they start to turn a blind eye to things like gun violence,” said participant Carly Kessel.

Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette spoke at the rally in Denver.

The rallies happening this weekend in the nation’s capital and around the United States have demonstrators demanding that Congress pass meaningful changes to gun laws.

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It’s the second March For Our Lives rally where thousands gathered in front of the Washington Monument. The inaugural March for Our Lives was held in 2018 after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida.

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Now with recent shootings from Uvalde, Texas, to Buffalo, New York, bringing gun control back into the national conversation, organizers of this weekend’s events say the time is right to renew their push for a national overhaul.

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Jennifer McRae