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Best signs from nationwide March for Our Lives protests

How many people attended March for Our Lives? Crowd in D.C. estimated at 200,000 CBS News
Patty Aguilar | 29 March, 2018, 14:24

Charlie Goodman looked at the massive crowd around him, the largest youth-led protest in Washington since the Vietnam War era.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the scene of a recent mass shooting, organized a march in Washington, D.C. and other cities on Saturday to protest the NRA. "The United States has the highest civilian gun ownership rate of any country worldwide".

"Dear young people, you have it in you to shout", he told young people, urging them to be like the people who welcomed Jesus with palms rather than those who shouted for his crucifixion only days later. "Because this - this - is not cutting it", he said, pointing at the white-domed Capitol behind the stage.

The message at the different rallies was consistent, with demonstrators vowing to vote out lawmakers who refuse to take a stand now on gun control. They were, of course, joined by parents and grandparents, many of whom have previously called in vain for changes, such as a ban on assault rifles.

Still, Dianne Daley, a 60-year-old corporate events planner from Long Beach, California, said the students have done a lot to inspire their older peers. "This affects everyone no matter how big or small... we are going to have to come together to prevent more tragedies from happening [like Sandy Hook] no matter the politics". "Those survivors are the ones who started this movement", she said.

"I work extremely hard at my studies. I find it incredible that I have to explain that idea to adults".

Some of the young voices were very young. They included some of his peers at the Florida high school who've sparked this movement, as well as the 9-year-old granddaughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 63 percent of American voters approve of the march in support of tougher gun laws but are not optimistic it will lead to new legislation.

Organizers are hoping the electricity of the crowds, their sheer numbers and the under-18 roster of speakers will create a tipping point, starting with the midterm congressional elections this fall.

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Seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed by 19-year-old former pupil Nikolas Cruz on February 14.

She then got the crowd to chant, "Spread the word".

Organizers want the U.S. Congress, many of whose members are up for re-election in November, to ban the sale of assault weapons like the one used in the Florida rampage and to tighten background checks for gun buyers.

In Toronto, marchers carried signs protesting both gun violence in the USA and recent shootings that have plagued the city, pointing out that Canada is not immune to tragedy. The classmate also died.

Yet gun violence has touched the lives of just about every citizen.

MR SPENCER ENGLAND, a counter-protester from La Porte, Indiana.

The president's call to arm certain teachers fell flat at the protest, and among critics as young as Zoe Tate, 11, from Gaithersburg, Maryland. "Since this movement began, people have asked me, do you think any change is going to come from this?"

"This song is dedicated to Stephon Clark, Decynthia Clements and all the unarmed black men and women killed by police weapons", Mensa said before performing "Now We Could Be Free". Student organizers of gun control rallies that drew hundreds of thousands to U.S. streets vowed on March 25, 2018 there will be no letup in their campaign for reform. "I find it unbelievable that I have to explain that idea to adults". Angry with government failure to protect them, disgusted that their safety comes second to the gun lobby, they demanded reform of gun laws. Now.

"People have been dying since 1999 in Columbine and nothing has changed".

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