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Thousands from across nation join DC's student-fueled March for Our Lives

25 March 2018

The protest came as hundreds of thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. and around the country to push for stricter gun laws.

"To the leaders, skeptics and cynics who told us to sit down, stay silent and wait your turn, welcome to the revolution", Cameron Kasky, a Stoneman Douglas High student, said to a standing-room only crowd that packed at least 10 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Another national walkout, organized by a different group of students, is planned for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the 1999 attack at Colorado's Columbine High School that killed 12 students and a teacher and left two dozen more injured.

"We need folks in both corners", Liu said.

Maya Katz, a student at the High School for American Studies in the Bronx, said she was marching because no student should have to face gun violence and it was time to make her voice heard.

"People don't think about all these little things, but they add up", said Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior Ryan Deitsch, who is 18.

But in the U.S., Congress allowed a 1994 national assault weapons ban to sunset a decade later, citing a federal report that found its effectiveness inconclusive. We must also institute universal background checks, ban bump stocks and high-capacity magazines, prevent straw purchases, close gun-show loopholes and institute no-buy lists for domestic abusers and suspected terrorists. "They should be controlled and no one should have a military grade gun".

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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.

She says students and allies are invited to "march with us in solidarity with our American peers". "After countless shootings and 'thoughts and prayers, ' we all realized it was up to us to make the change we wanted to see". I performed a spoken-word poem about gun violence.

Authorities in the nation's capital said they were taking extra security precautions, in part because numerous protesters are expected to be teenagers. In New Jersey, parents reportedly plan to rally for armed security officers in schools.

"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.

Starting at 12 p.m. EST, the march and rally in Washington, D.C. will be streamed by organizers on three outlets.

"We have been through this cycle of suffering, death, and then resurrection happening in our neighborhood, and it was a time to unite with the suffering people of Parkland through prayer", Dorantes said.

Before the march, a choir made up of students from various schools in the region performed on stage at Coolidge Park.

Thousands from across nation join DC's student-fueled March for Our Lives