Organizers hope to draw half a million to gun control rally

by Abel Hampton March 25, 2018, 1:38
Organizers hope to draw half a million to gun control rally

Speaker after speaker at March for Our Lives rallies around the USA urged lawmakers to take action on gun control or face consequences at the voting booth.

"I want a future where he's not terrified of going to school, and he is not afraid anytime he goes out into a public place that somebody has a large weapon and can shoot him", Jennings said.

"I think it's unbelievable", Lewis said in an interview with The Associated Press. Other rallies are happening in cities big and small across the country - including Parkland, Florida, the site of last month's school shooting. She also opposes President Donald Trump's plan to give guns to trained teachers. "I know that's not only what I want, but I know it's what you guys want", Alfonso Calderon, a junior at the Florida school, told Washington students at a pre-march event on Thursday.

Those in the crowd echoed numerous students' concerns, including Michaela Wash, 31.

Calderon and other Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors attended a #NeverAgain - as their movement is known - rally this week at Washington's Thurgood Marshall Academy, where two students were killed in separate neighborhood shootings during the a year ago.

Students have been actively participating in the national gun debate since the school shooting, one of more than a dozen this year in the U.S. They say the time to act and see changes is now - not after another attack. "I understand the Second Amendment is important".

Watch demonstrators speak live in Washington D.C.

The movement sparked by high school students after a deadly shooting spree in Parkland, Florida erupted in major USA cities Saturday.

"I registered eight people in the first 10 minutes", said Goldman, who serves on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.

During the march Saturday, the NRA was conspicuously silent on Twitter.

"One of my best friends was shot not far from here", he told CNN, referring to Beatles bandmate John Lennon, who was gunned down near the park in 1980.

Thweatt wasn't happy when students walked out of class in other parts of the country last week, but he doesn't have a problem with them marching on their own time.

"It's pretty simple for me", said Zoe Tate, 11, from Gaithersburg Middle School in Maryland, explaining why she marched in Washington.

Axelsson is a student herself, and says she's not surprised. He said that gunmen need to know they face a risk when they enter a school to shoot innocent kids.

He disagrees with regulating high-capacity magazines and imposing universal background checks. The law also extended the waiting period to three days, banned "bump stocks," funded more school police officers and mental health services, and allowed certain staff members to carry guns in schools.

"We shouldn't have to think about that", she said.

Democrat Cody Campbell, a 42-year-old IT worker from Atlanta, suggested that the financial impact of the gun industry would prevent meaningful change.

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

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