Former Congressman Discusses Gun Control, Applauds Young People for Action

Former Congressman Discusses Gun Control, Applauds Young People for Action

"I look at the younger kids and the future generations and I never want them to go through what we went through or see what we saw", said 15-year old Kayla Renert, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed on February 14.

The rally was filled with young speakers, like the survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"A new generation has been galvanised by their collective rage and they are ready not only to march but to vote", she said.

"We're pushing the message of now is the time for action but also November is going to be the time for action".

"I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, lovely girls full of potential", Naomi Wadler, from Alexandria, Va., told thousands listening on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

"Fight for your lives before it is someone else's job".

Many are asking for more gun control legislation and universal background checks. "The voters are coming".

But it requires change to Congress before there will be change to gun laws. She said the stream of mass shootings in the United States serves as a constant reminder of the night when a gunman killed 58 people at a concert.

Dern praised the "incredible students - our next generation, our revolutionaries" and actress Olivia Wilde said the current movement is one the NRA has long feared. More than three in four; 76%, rate them as fair or poor. "This is not a red versus blue issue - this is a morals issue". "This is a moral issue".

It was a day of celebration of what they have achieved so far, a day of hope for what is to come and also, of course, a day of commemoration for those who have lost their lives to gun violence.

The silence by now had spread to the thousands thronging Pennsylvania Avenue. They arrived in Washington two hours before the rally after a grueling 23-hour bus ride from Florida. "We're here to protest and we're here to make a change". "I just don't think that someone should have an assault rifle", Anderson said. "We need better gun laws", she told me, flashing a smile as she ran ahead to rejoin her friends.

About 800 sister marches were scheduled in every US state and across several continents.

In big cities, including Boston, Chicago and NY, massive crowds gathered for the sister marches.

It was one of the largest gatherings ever at the City-County Building.

People of all ages and from all over Idaho attended the march and rally. "But this is only the first mile".

Several young people joined Saturday's rally in Edmonton, putting worldwide pressure on USA politicians to change their perspective on the right to bear arms. "It's scary enough with the security guards we have in school", she said.

"Every single day you wake up and it might be a thought in your head, 'I might die today, '" Calderon told the students. After quickly becoming a trending topic on Twitter, the #MarchforOurLives hashtag ignited much-needed conversation around America's lax gun laws, where people sounded off on the epidemic of gun violence and what needs to change. "Because this - this - is not cutting it", he said, pointing at the white-domed Capitol.

"I have been frustrated, every time something like this happens, there is a cycle", Collins said.

"I am in no way saying 'Let's scrap the Second Amendment, '" she said.

A small but vocal group marched south on W.S. Young Drive as part of the national March for Our Lives event Saturday afternoon.

Edna Chavez, a student at Los Angeles' Manuel Arts High School Living whose older brother was gunned down in front of their home in 2007, said gun violence has become too normalized in neighborhoods like her own. "This is normal - normal to the point I've learned to duck from bullets before I learned to read". From the Clooneys, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson, but the most powerful voices belonged to the student survivors of the Parkland shooting in Florida.

Britons Rita Ora and Leona Lewis joined actresses including Laura Dern, Amy Schumer and Connie Britton to speak in support of the mass movement taking on opponents of tighter laws such as the National Rifle Association (NRA). She survived the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017, and spoke at Saturday's rally.

After Fuentes' speech, many tweeted words of encouragement.



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