Most of the Idaho Legislature wasn't anywhere near the Idaho Statehouse Saturday, March 24, but any lawmaker who opposes gun control and has intentions to hold his or her office for a considerable amount of time might want to heed the warning from thousands of voters-to-be on the steps of the Capitol.
"Vote them out; vote them out; vote them out," chanted the crowd of approximately 5,000 at the demonstration, one of hundreds of March for Our Lives rallies across the planet that day, calling for stricter controls on firearms. The history-making difference for these particular rallies is that the overwhelming number of attendees were students, not yet old enough to vote but anxious to have their say in the political arena.
"We have had enough–enough suffering, enough fear, enough pain, enough lives lost, enough childless parents and spouseless widows," said Ryley, a senior at Capitol High School. "Enough is enough."
The cry of "enough is enough" was repeated in at least seven similar rallies across Idaho and hundreds more across the U.S. And there was another duplicated refrain: "Register to vote and go to the polls."
"For those men and women out there marinating in their ignorance and hypocrisy, in the pocket of the [National Rifle Association], my generation is coming and we're just getting started," said Ryley.
Hundreds of hand-crafted signs, most of them directed at politicians, were waved during the Boise demonstration. Some read:
"Thoughts and prayers won't save me from bullets."
"Columbine, Newtown, Parkland. No more."
"Your silence is killing us."
In the days that followed, attendees of the March for Our Lives Boise rally continued to fill social media with calls to action.
"It was one of the most inspiring days of our lives," wrote Jeffrey Fackler on the March for Our Lives Facebook page.
"This was the day that I finally felt I have truly lived," wrote Paulina Garcia.
"It was worth the five-hour drive to Boise," wrote Sheila Plowman.