Thousands march in San Francisco gun rallly
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 25, 2018,
Mar 25, 2018, 15:20
The heart of the March For Our Lives rally was held in Washington, D.C., but supporters at almost 800 marches worldwide walked in stride with the students of Parkland.
Lorena Torres came with her children to the march in support of stricter gun laws because she wants a safer school environment for them.
"No one should ever have to experience the pain we are all feeling right now", Mia said. "We're going to take this to every election, to every state and every city".
Carrying placards displaying portraits of the victims of the latest massacres and ones reading "Bullets are not school supplies", "My congressman takes NRA blood money" and "Protect kids not guns", thousands of marchers descended on Downtown LA. "To honor the girls, the women of color who are murdered at disproportionate rates in this nation. These stories don't lead on the evening news", Wadler said at the Washington D.C. Organizers of this rally say they purposely held a voter registration drive on the same day, their hope is that this political momentum continues.
White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said the administration applauded "the many courageous young Americans" exercising their free-speech rights on Saturday. I don't like to go to school and feel uncomfortable and feel like my life and my friend's lives and family lives could be taken next.
"I think it's right to be here to support the people who died at Stoneman Douglas and to support gun control so this never happens again", the eighth-grader at Kernodle Middle said as she sought shelter briefly under an eave at City Hall.
"This year I spent $15.91 at Home Depot on bungee cords to secure my classroom door from an intruder, on a hammer to break a window in my classroom so my students could escape", said Ellie Park, teacher at Carlisle High School. "We shouldn't have to fight for our lives but we will, and we are".
"I have a dream that enough is enough", King said to a cheering crowd.
Jennifer Hudson closed out the rally with a powerful performance of "The Times They Are A-Changin", backed by a D.C. choir.
A total of 17 people were killed in the Florida shooting and 17 more were wounded. "We have the power of change", the elementary school teacher said.
I mentioned in my live shot at 6 p.m. Saturday, that if you are a law-abiding supporter of the Second Amendment, this rally was not geared at you.
On Friday, Trump signed a $1.3-trillion spending bill that includes modest improvements to background checks for gun sales and grants to help schools prevent gun violence.
The rallies are a response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla, where 17 students and teachers were shot and killed. "Our voices do matter". We must educate ourselves and start conversations that keep our country moving forward and we will.
"We are not the future of our country, we are the country", she said.