Last weekend, asignificant student-led peaceful demonstration took place named “March for Our Lives”.
Fyffe said she has participated in two other marches in the nation’s capital in the past year – the Women’s March held the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration last January and then the March for Racial Justice on September 30, 2017 – but Saturday’s march was “just a little different” because it was led by students.
The march, entitled March for Our Lives, was led by teenagers and survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Speaking Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation”, Warner says he’s always been in favor of universal background checks for gun purchases.
The students have urged voters to call upon members of Congress to reject financial contributions from the gun lobby. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has benefited from the National Rifle Association spending $3.3 million on his behalf. A hockey team from the high school was participating in a tournament in the Twin Cities, where police estimated 18,000 demonstrators marched. “We also know that we stand in the shadow of the Capitol and we know that we have seven short years until we, too, have the right to vote”, she proudly stated. And after a countdown from Samantha much of the crowd started singing to him, many people holding each other and crying (personally I didn’t break down during this moment, but now I write this through a waterfall of tears). Children who marched said they were scared for one another.
“I personally don’t think this is-it’s turned into one-but, that our safety should be a left or right debate”, Davis said, as the wind whipped and tossed her hair.
The 11-year-old has brought more attention to the ongoing issue of gun violence and has been praised for her outstanding and fearless speech.
“The students really are the primary organizers of all the work”, Risenhoover said. “They are working against the kinds of divisiveness that we’ve seen in our politics”.
Dakota Widenor, an 18-year-old attending Shoemaker High School, had been watching testimonies given by students who survived the February 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Arrington was also a school shooting victim.
Tahara Anderson, 42, from Wantagh, N.Y., also said she’s standing with the kids. We prepare our signs, we raise them high. We are going to make sure the best people get in our elections to run, not as politicians, but as Americans. Connie Britton brought her son who is in first standard.
Danielle Weinstein, 28, of Astoria, N.Y., said she wept while making her sign, which listed the names and ages of every school shooting victim from Columbine to Parkland. Taleah’s mother, Lauren Long, 27, said she came out with her daughter, nieces and nephews because they’re the ones in public schools.