Students To March Against Gun Violence In Philly, Washington, Across US

A bump stock is attached to a semiautomatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan Utah

A "March for our Lives" will take place all over the world Saturday as teenagers and other supporters of tighter gun laws gather to promote student safety and support the survivors of the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. The movement they are leading, which mushroomed after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fl. "It should have been enough a long time ago, enough for people to start doing this amount of stuff". "We are going to make a difference".

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, a Springfield Democrat who also marched alongside Western Massachusetts students and activists Saturday, called on his congressional colleagues to support "reasonable" gun policies, like requiring universal background checks and setting a minimum purchasing age for firearms.

'Regardless if I can vote or not, it (gun violence) is the most important issue affecting me and the most important issue in the country right now, Dutcher said.

The Richmond march has been organized by the Richmond Public Schools, the Richmond Peace Education Center, the local chapters of Moms Demand Action and the NAACP, and other groups.

"College students, high school students, we have elementary and middle school students as well that all came together for the organizing, so we have a plethora", he said.

"Popular opinion has changed the government in the past and I'm hopeful that the popular opinion that was initiated by the kids is going to make a difference here", she said. "This is serious now - like, it's not a joke, and there's a lot of people that are done with seeing issues like this on the news".

Utah students are gearing up for the March For Our Lives demonstration. San Jose demonstrators plan to march down Santa Clara Street, while events in Oakland, San Francisco and Washington D.C. are rallies.

Girl Be Heard (, the nonprofit theatre company that develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of youth through socially conscious theatre-making, is honored to join Parkland youth on stage Friday and at the march on Saturday. Both proposals have failed to gain traction after prior mass shootings. "Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the president's, which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Acts, and signed them into law".

Whilst not banning research outright there was a chilling effect on gun research, and CDC funds were ploughed into other areas. US President Donald Trump administration is planning to ban devices that can modify semi-automatic rifles to fire like machine-guns.

The main march is in Washington D.C., but there are 840 events happening around the globe in far flung places like Japan, Iceland, Lithuania and Ghana, according to the March for our Lives website.

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