Students Make Their Stand At DC's 'March For Our Lives'

James Marshall
March 26, 2018

Voter registration activists fanned out in the crowds, signing up thousands of the nation's newest voters.

Some of the young voices were very young.

There were sobs as teenage survivor Emma Gonzalez, 18, read the names of the 17 victims and then stood in silence. The tragic six minutes, 20 seconds of the whole rampage recollection was hard to hear, but it was needed.

The idea for the trip came after students reached out and showed interest in March for Our Lives, said Robinson, an worldwide relations major.

Here's a look back at some of the most powerful moments from the rally: Emma Gonzalez's emotional tribute to the six-minute shooting at Stoneman Douglas Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez cried as she held an emotional moment of silence, remaining on stage for six minutes and 20 seconds - the length of the shooting at her high school on February 14. We roar. We prepare our signs. And we want what?

"It's time to take actions", said high school student Danny.

"I just like seeing different types of people, who are really from all over, come out to support this effort".

"It shows that you can never be too young to make a difference", she said.

A total of 843 related protests were planned for Saturday, at least one in every state and every continent except Antarctica. "They tell you if anyone comes into the school with a gun to get down and if they shoot at you to get under the desk".

A gunman in 2016 killed 49 people when he opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub in the central Florida city.

"The goal is to get in touch with the survivors and see what the next step is", he said.

"My brother is 13, and he walked into a store, and he said, 'I need ammunition.' They handed it over the counter for him, and they gave him money, and he left the store".

People also gathered outside city hall in Las Vegas, where a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival past year. Cities like New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, and Baltimore held rallies. These accessories, dubbed "evil eye gloves", have become a symbol for the cause of gun control.

The president wasn't in the White House while March For Our Lives was taking place.

More than 800 demonstrations were scheduled in the U.S. and overseas, according to coordinators, with events as far afield as London, Mauritius, Stockholm and Sydney.

The campaign to tackle gun violence aims to build momentum and pressure lawmakers by demanding expanded background checks on gun buyers, a ban on assault weapons, and raising the minimum age of gun-buyers. "No one will infringe on our right to keep and bear arms". People seem to be furious over the Trump government for being reluctant.

Siegenthaler, who led the march and introduced Haimowitz, said her introductory speech came together relatively quickly.

The New York march began close to the apartment building where John Lennon was shot dead in 1980. "So I think that was worth any amount of money and any amount of energy I think to inspire young people who inspired us".

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