Park victim’s father urges focus on safety at school
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Just a few days after the shooting at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people, students-turned-activists echoed the words “never” and “not one more,” pushing the lawmakers for increased gun control and better school safety.
Much of the Park students, who have in the first place taken to the social media champion of these issues have a meeting with President Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., among others to demand action.
A recording survivor Cameron Kasky, a junior at the high school, wrote an op-ed about his experience, demanding Congress to take action.
Other Parks to shoot survivors organized events.
In addition to a 17-minute National School Walkout on March 14, that honors those who died in the massacre and to protest gun violence, student activists plan to march in Washington, D. C., a so-called “March for Our Lives”.
Before the event, here is what you need to know.
When is the March for Our Lives?
The march is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, around 12 hours, organisers said.
Where is it?
The primary march will take place in Washington, D. C. on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 12th street NW, according to the march for Our Lives website.
Initially, organizers wanted to hold the event on the National Mall, but were forced to choose another location because their request was in conflict with a film crew of the licence, the Washington Post reported.
Many other cities-such as Portland, Oregon, Boise, Idaho; Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco, Dallas and Chicago, among hundreds of other places — his company “sister amy.”
To see if your city is holding a march, you can look here.
How many people are planned to attend?
The National Park Service told the Washington Post that at least 500,000 people are expected to march in D. C. only.
How is the event funded — and that support?
The event, which is organised and led by Stoneman Douglas students, and to shoot survivors Emma González, Cameron Kasky, among others, financed mainly through donations.
Celebrities like George and Amal Clooney and Oprah winfrey donated $500,000 to the event will have Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Deadline reported.
George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am with you and with your $ 500,000 donation to the ‘march For Our Lives.” These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the ‘ 60s that said that we’ve had ENOUGH and our voice will be heard.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 20, 2018
Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit organization that advocates for stronger control and Giffords, an anti-gun violence group founded by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, among other national organizations, are also working with march organizers — either through donations or the planning and logistics.
“Students are making history and demand that our elected officials to protect them. Everytown is proud to help them to let their voices be heard on March 24, and we look forward to more Americans after their lead to forge meaningful change to our country’s gun laws,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, said in a statement after announced the creation of a $2.5 million grant for the support sister marches around the country.
The ride-hailing company Lyft also announced that it will offer free rides to Stoneman Douglas students who participate in the march.
We are so excited to see @lyft the support of #MarchForOurLives! Thank you for marching with us ? pic.twitter.com/2B2P8OVTaj
— March For Life (@AMarch4OurLives) 2 March 2018
Is it politics?
The event is not a political choice, organisers claim.
“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.”
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 security measures.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.