Marchers Call For Gun Control, End To Gun Violence

25 March, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Student activists created posters for use during marches and rallies and to hang on the walls around Woodland Hills' campus

Thousands of students and other demonstrators are expected to march in Richmond and in cities across Virginia and the US on Saturday in a nationwide protest calling for stricter gun laws and an end to mass shootings. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas killings in Parkland, Florida, sparked school walkouts and the March for Our Lives movement.

We stand with all students, parents, co-workers, neighbors and loved ones who have been touched by gun violence in saying 'no more.' In many communities across the USA, gun violence is a daily occurrence.

A fake Facebook page caused confusion over the time of the Vancouver march, but organizers expected a good turnout Saturday morning.

Andy Rohrbaugh of Dillsburg said he marched as a "responsible gun owner" who wants it to be more hard for some people to buy guns.

The congresswoman, who led a 2016 sit-in demonstration that sought to force Congressional action on gun control measures after a mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, told The Republican that she's "so heartened" to see students shaping the debate on firearms. "If there are any NRA people here, I challenge them to join us in getting rid of these weapons of war that were used in Afghanistan by our Marines and (have) no place, no place in society", she said. He called out two of Arkansas' congressional representatives - U.S. Sen.

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Pop star Paul McCartney was among the marchers, telling CNN that he had a personal stake in gun control. Why not raise the ages of those who can purchase guns while also banning bump stocks and not allowing mentally unfit persons to buy guns?

"It's bad, and it needs to stop, and it starts with us", said Raydonna Hawkins, a 17-year-old senior.

Every time I walk into school, a question enters the back of my mind: Will something bad happen to us today?

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, said he had "never been so proud of our young people" than he was standing alongside demonstrators at the March for Our Lives sister rally in Boston.

"I'd basically keep going until I shut down, like I'd just collapse, sometimes I'd be on the floor", Deitsch said.

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Organizers say they're marching in solidarity with US students.

"This day is to say, 'Yes, we are sad but we are doing something about it, ' to not be another statistic or victim, '" Cole said.

I want to be optimistic about these political changes, but the sad fact is, there have already been 71 people killed or injured in school shootings this year.

A Pennsylvania school district has directed its students to arm themselves against school shooters-with rocks. Every time I see another school shooting in the news, I immediately picture my mom shielding her first graders - hiding them in closets, locking her classroom doors.

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