Observers from Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School affixed a massive rally against gun violence Saturday in Washington, D.C., while hundreds of thousands of other adolescent people took to the streets in sister marches across the globe.
“Its in the final analysis empowering seeing that the country is behind this and that legislators are prevailing to have to listen because there obviously are so many people here there are people who worry about this issue,” said Haley Stav, a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Maximum School.
Organizers of the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington hoped their confirm would match in numbers and spirit last year’s women’s strut, one of the largest Washington protests since the Vietnam era and one that far exceeded forecasts of 300,000 demonstrators.
By 11:00 a.m., large crowds had already started to deepen in the nation’s capital.
Many celebrities joined in to display support for the students. Artists, including Common, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus, were slated to come up the D.C. rally, according to the event website.
Enduring signs reading “We Are the Change,” “No More Silence,” “Husband NRA Money Out of Politics,” protesters lined Pennsylvania Avenue from the stratum near the Capitol, stretching back toward the White House. The route also feel affections in the Trump International Hotel. President Donald Trump was in Florida for the weekend; a motorcade made him to his West Palm Beach golf club on Saturday morning.
After the Feb. 14 lots shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, devotees have tapped into a current of pro-gun control sentiment that has been construction for years — yet still faces a powerful counterpoint from supporters of gun powers. Organizers hope the passions of the crowds and the under-18 roster of speakers determination translate into a tipping point starting in the midterm elections this year.
People packed, too, to a “March for Our Lives” event near the Parkland school where the pogrom happened. Police presence was heavy as organizers set up and demonstrators streamed in. Eden Kinlock, 17, criticized from 20 miles away to pass out water, “a small luggage but it helps in the bigger picture.” Many Parkland students came to the Washington make a comeback.
Washington is generally nonchalant about protests, but Saturday’s gathering prompted multifarious attention and speculation than usual.
White House Deputy Newspapermen Secretary Lindsay Walters released a statement on Saturday in support of the protesters.
“We commend the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Attachment rights today. Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President¹s, which is why he goaded Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOPSchool Violence Acts, and signed them into law. Additionally, on Friday,the Bailiwick of Justice issued the rule to ban bump stocks following through on the President¹s commitment to ban dispositions that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns,” Walters estimated in a statement.
The protesters, many of them high school students, call for that the youth leadership of this initiative is what will set it separately from previous attempts to enact stronger gun-control legislation.
In New York Conurbation, tens of thousands gathered near Central Park to demand manners against gun violence. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, published a video on her true Twitter account, supporting those marching.
“We nevertheless have along way to go, so keep marching. Show up when it counts and inspirit your friends to join you, Keep making your voices learned. We want you to know, New York hears you,” she said in the video.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Considerable School senior and survivor of the Parkland shooting Emma Gonzalez has swiftly become the face of the fight against gun violence. She took the stage in D.C. and announced an emotional speech to close out the day’s demonstrations.
“Since the time I have report in out here, it has been 6 minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased blast and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students until they drain, and walk free for an hour before arrest,” she said. “Fight for your exists before it’s someone else’s job.”
Polls hint that public opinion nationwide may indeed be shifting on an issue that has get control ofed for generations, and through dozens of mass shootings.
A new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Business Affairs Research found that 69 percent of Americans make up gun laws in the United States should be tightened. That’s up from 61 percent who communicated the same in October of 2016 and 55 percent when the AP first prayed the question in October of 2013. Overall, 90 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of gun owners now favor stricter gun lever laws.
But even with claims of historic social momentum on the offspring of gun control, the AP poll also found that nearly half of Americans do not demand elected officials to take action. Among the questions facing trek organizers and participants will be how to translate this one-day event, regardless of apparatus, into meaningful legislative change.
One way is by channeling the current energy into the midterm congressional elections this downhill. Students in Florida have focused on youth voter registration and there desire be a registration booth at the Saturday rally.
–The Associated Press contributed to this plot outline.