Young activists descend on DC for the March for Our Lives
The students are demanding a response to the deadly school shooting in the Park, Florida. Griff Jenkins reports from Washington, D. C.
People from all over the world are expected to come together on Saturday for the march for Our Lives gun control rally organized by the students of the Florida high school affected by a deadly shooting at a school in the last month.
The primary march is scheduled to take place in Washington, D. C., on Pennsylvania Avenue at 12 pm EST. About 500,000 people were expected.
Thousands of people are expected to gather from all over the world Saturday for the march for Our Lives rally.
In addition to Washington, D. C., about 800 sister marches were also planned in London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mumbai, the city where the shooting took place: Park, Florida.
Students from marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, organized the rally after the deadly school shooting on Feb. 14, 2018, that left 17 people dead. The archer, Nikolas Cruz, 19, used a legally purchased an AR-15 assault rifle to carry out shooting. The students hope that the rally will push lawmakers to pass legislation on gun control. Some students said that the ultimate goal of the movement is to inspire people to vote in November for legislators wiling to reform gun control.
While the activists “support the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms, as set forth in the Constitution of the United States,” they also have a list of requirements, to the members of Congress to make laws to put an end to the sale of high-capacity magazines, improve background checks, and more safety measures.
The students of marjory Stoneman Douglas, have organized the rally to ask for a following change in the last month of the deadly shooting at a school.
“The high-school students and the students are sick of this normality in this environment in which we live, where we have to live with the mass executions and code red drill,” Alex said Wind, a junior at Stoneman Douglas, told the Associated Press.
“It’s going to be very revolutionary,” Sheryl Acquaroli told The Guardian. “We are going to change the laws, and I want to be part of that change.”
Some of the teenagers have pulled all-nighters organizing the event that will come together with Saturday. Celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato are expected to be in march in addition to students in Washington. Cyrus, Grande, Hudson, Lovato, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt were also expected to perform.
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The Washington Post reported protesters started filing in Washington, D. C., this week held tailgate parties, concerts, dinners and sign-making events on Friday. The New England Patriots lent his team just before the Park students to travel to the city for the march. The team’s owner, Robert Kraft, contacted the school that the use of the aircraft. Delta Air Lines also donated two aircraft to the students to ensure a safe and quick trip.
People in Israel stand in solidarity with the students of marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Many celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Clooney and Taylor Swift donated thousands of dollars to the mars.
However, some people feel left out of the march, or believe that the rally will not do much to change what is already in place.
Kyle Kashuv, a junior at Stoneman Douglas, is a prominent advocate for the prevention of violence, with regard to gun rights following the shooting. He has visited the White House, a meeting with President Trump and the legislative leaders across the party lines, and unveiled an app to prevent school shootings. He slammed Time magazine for not including the supporters of the Second Amendment on the cover of their Park problem.
Zion Kelly, 17, whose brother, Zaire, died during an armed robbery last year, told The Washington Post the students of the Park seem to get media attention, because the school they live in a predominantly white, affluent community.
“This happens over and over again. Dozens of students were shot and killed — more than in Florida and we don’t get the same attention,” Kelly said. He attends Thurgood Marshall Academy charter school in Washington, D. C.
“Daily Thread” editor Ben Shapiro told Fox News he has been approached by students who are involved because they have the support of both the Second Amendment and the school shooting victims.
Shapiro said the media is “celebrating the marches, putting students in photos, or use as political human shields.”
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However, the organisers of the march claim it is not political.
The organizers claim that the rally is not political.
“School safety is not a political issue,” a mission statement on the website of the organization reads. “There can be no two sides to do everything in our power to protect the lives and future of children who are at risk to die when they need to learn, play and grow.”
The White House told Fox News in a statement: “We applaud the many brave young Americans for exercising their First Amendment rights today. Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President, that is the reason why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System], and STOP Violence in School Acts and signed into law. In addition, on Friday, the Ministry of Justice the rule to prohibit bump stocks follow the President1s commitment to a ban on the devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”
Fox News’ Madeline Farber, Gregg Re, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.