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Rallies In DC, Other Cities Focused On Gun Control

25 March, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Support for tougher gun control laws is soaring in the United States according to a new AP poll

The March for Our Lives rally is led by survivors of last month's shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed after a former student allegedly went on a shooting rampage inside the school. There can not be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing.

Student organizers of a gun-control rally planned Saturday at the state Capitol in Phoenix say they expect thousands of people to attend the event.

"A lot of us aren't able to vote so this is kind of the only way we can make our voices heard", said Thurston, a sophomore. "Golden Ring of Freedom" honorees include companies like Beretta and Smith & Wesson, the manufacturer that created the gun used in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Adam Buchwald, who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, told the crowd he and his friends would stay focused on getting new legislation passed.

Survivors of the February 14 tragedy have pushed for state and national gun legislation after 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz used a military-style rifle that he purchased legally, after passing background check, in the attack.

"We came here through an essay contest".

To close out the rally, Emma Gonzalez, a Parkland survivor who has become one of the main faces of this movement, delivered an impassioned speech in which she named each of the 17 victims.

Yolie Moreno held her sign high above the crowds walking on Pennsylvania Avenue. Then, a timer beeped.

"I want to send him to school without fear he will be shot", said Luke's mom Ayie Miskov, 34. "The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape and walk free for an hour before arrest".

Students, families with children and other protesters raised placards reading "Protect kids not guns", "Never again", and "Enough is enough" Saturday outside the new embassy building in south London.

President Trump, who was in Florida for the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort, had yet to weigh in on Twitter about the protests Saturday afternoon.

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

The poll also found almost 7 in 10 favor a nationwide ban on bump stocks, a device that allows semi-automatic guns to function like automatic guns.

"We're exhausted of hearing that now is not the time to politicize this", she said. Our schools are unsafe. The group claims to represent millions of gun owners and calls itself "America's longest-standing civil rights organization". That's up from 61 percent who said the same in October of 2016 and 55 percent when the AP first asked the question in October of 2013.

"At his age, boys are very interested in guns and of course I'm always like, 'I don't like guns.' It's an opportunity to say sometimes people take guns into school and that's not okay", Britton said. "Because at the end of the day, bullets do not discriminate, so why should we?"

"The implementation of Florida's stand your ground self-defense law was associated with a significant increase in homicides and homicides by firearm, but no change in rates of suicide or suicide by firearm", researchers with JAMA's Internal Medicine publication write.

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