Students Flock To DC For The March For Our Lives

Protesters fill Pennsylvania Avenue as seen from the Newseum during the

The conversation around gun violence rarely includes suicide, although suicide is the leading cause of firearm-related death in the United States.

The March For Our Lives protests held on Saturday calling for stricter gun control legislation has the potential to have an immediate impact on the political landscape and not only when numerous demonstrators reach the age to vote, University of Maryland sociologist Prof.

"March for our lives" started to emerge after the shooting at Margory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland Florida took place on February 14 taking the lives of 17 innocent students.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets this weekend to decry gun violence and push for change in the wake of one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation's history.

Protestors at the March For Our #Lives rallies have been holding up picket signs to get their message out there, that the USA gun laws need to change to accommodate stricter gun control. "Because this - this - is not cutting it", he said, pointing at the white-domed Capitol behind the stage.

Both do not support armed teachers, nor did they think teachers themselves want to carry guns in classrooms.

Last Saturday's March for Our Lives was provoked by a school massacre last month in Florida.

"What we've seen is that there are certain things such as having - enforcing the regulation that's now in law", Kashuv said.

The youth-led U.S. gun control movement that flexed its public muscle with huge weekend rallies has already nudged Congress to enact minor firearms changes, but must remain active if it hopes to win more meaningful regulations, lawmakers said on Sunday.

"I work extremely hard at my studies".

Some of the young voices were very young.

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A key focus of Saturday's march on Washington, which was duplicated in 800 cities across the country and around the world, was an effort to turn emotion into political activism by registering participants to vote.

Many students took to the podium to share powerful words about survival and gun control.

He also made reference to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and activist Emma Gonzalez, whose photo adorned the back of his sweatshirt. Today we march, we fight, we roar. She gave a few solutions to the problem; stricter gun laws, bans on assault level or high caliber weapons, and an increase in mental illness awareness.

Gun violence was fresh for some who watched the speakers in Washington.

Members and volunteers of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence also attended. The classmate also died.

There was only one counter-protester visible at the Allentown rally.

"We got called all kinds of names", Ciabottonia said.

"They were telling us that we inspired them. We need to have a grip on our gun policies". "People are still dying", Stewart said. Students wore maroon T-shirts — the school's color — and chanted slogans such as "Enough is enough".

"Every week you hear about a new shooting and nothing is done about it", McCartney told AFP.

"People have been dying since 1999 in Columbine and nothing has changed".

Rallying outside the New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord, 17-year-old Leeza Richter said: "Our government will do more to stop us from walking out than it will to stop a gunman from walking in".

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