BAR HARBOR — About 250 people took part in the March for Our Lives protest against gun violence at the Village Green here last Saturday.
It was organized by the Indivisible MDI group.
Also on Saturday, more than 50 Mount Desert Island high school students and other community members participated in the March for Our Lives event in Boston, which culminated with a rally on Boston Common.
“It was an incredible experience,” said Finian Burns, a high school freshman. “I’ve been to a lot of marches and protests, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a concentration of high school students like that before.”
The Boston rally attracted an estimated 50,000 people.
Burns said he thinks the protesters’ message is being heard and that attitudes about gun control are changing.
“I don’t see much change in terms of our [elected] representatives,” he said. “But in talking to regular people every day, I see a huge change. I know students who have never gotten involved in anything political before who are now getting involved in this.”
Asked if the time and energy that he has been devoting to protesting gun violence has taken away from his school work, Burns said, “Absolutely not. And not only is this not detracting from our academic experience, I think it’s improving it, enriching it.
“In some aspects, I’d say it’s even more important than school,” he continued, “because we’re not only trying to make our school safer, our lives safer, but for generations down the road. I don’t want my little sister to go to high school worrying about being shot.”