Irish Protesters To Rally For US Gun Control

25 March, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Charlene Valdez

Students from the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 people were killed on 14 February were set to speak at the biggest event, in Washington, where organizers said as many as 500,000 people were expected to demonstrate near the Capitol and call on Congress to fight gun violence.

Jaclyn Corin, one of the core group of Parkland students leading the #NeverAgain movement and organizing the marches, said it's been unbelievable to see the support around the nation and how thousands of students have rallied for the cause.

In New York City, tens of thousands gathered at a "March for Our Lives" rally held a moment of silence to honor the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

Janai Tenor, one of the students traveling from Miami is demanding more attention from the public, "The media comes out for the things that are rare to happen and I feel that even goes to show that they know it's normal in our neighborhood, which it's why they don't bring it out every day".

Goldman said she was frustrated at previous marches, including last year's Women's March, by her perception that participants seemed to think marching was enough.

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In Texas, Fort Worth police formed a protective circle Saturday morning around two counter-protesters using a microphone to disrupt the city's "March for Our Lives" event as it was about to get underway, J.D. Miles with CBS DFW reported. But she said a lot of gun owners are attending, too.

"No student should ever have to cover themselves with a deceased classmate to survive, but I was that student", shooting survivor Aalayah Eastmond said. "And I say that target shooting, while it is a sport, we've become the targets". The march builds on last week's National School Walkout rallies.

"I know Trump would do it", Clark said, praising the Republican president.

Ahead of one of those planned marches in Milwaukee, students rallied outside a school to demand action from lawmakers and gain support throughout the community.

After the shooting in Parkland, Delta said it would no longer offer discounted fares to NRA members to reflect its neutral status on the gun-control debate.

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The Toronto protest coincided with at least 16 rallies planned in other Canadian cities, from coast-to-coast.

He said he grew up in an era of school violence.

More than 20,000 people filled the park near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the "March for Our Lives" rally Saturday morning. And 7 in 10 favor a nationwide ban on devices known as "bump stocks" that allow semi-automatic guns to function like automatic guns.

Sophie Conde, a Centennial High School junior from Frisco, is an organizer of Saturday's march in Dallas.

A new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 69 percent of Americans think gun laws in the USA should be tightened.

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Activists are looking to channel the energy of this youth-led initiative into the midterm congressional elections this fall with elements like on-site voter registration booths.

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