March for Our Lives: Students around the country rally against gun violence

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Local demonstrations were planned in Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco and more than a dozen other Bay Area cities.

They chanted "No more silence, end gun violence", and held high signs with "Eighteenth Century laws can not regulate 21st century lives".

IN high school students protested with signs saying "Protect Kids, Not Guns" as part of the national March for Our Lives event to press for gun control. "However, we have a number speakers who will share those types of experiences with us".

He assured the students of his support and said he didn't know how, but they would find a way to secure the funding to make the trip to Washington possible.

She said she's hopeful that the wave of protests that have emerged following the Parkland shooting - spurred on, she suggested, by the widespread adoption of social media - could finally bring about changes to gun legislation in the U.S.

Over the course of my campaign, and especially over the last few weeks, I've talked to far too many parents who describe a similar, sick feeling in the pit of their stomach as they drop their children off at school.

Students in Florida have focused on youth voter registration and there will be a registration booth at the Saturday rally in Washington.

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Saturday's march in D.C. will begin at noon with a rally on Pennsylvania Avenue between Third Street and 12th Street Northwest.

Father Manuel Dorantes, pastor of Immaculate Conception in Chicago's Brighton Park, and Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina's in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, are leading the joint initiative, where more than 100 students from both parishes - one a predominantly Latino parish and the other African-American - are marking a rare convergence between two groups where gun violence has "blurred the distinction between black and Latino".

Counterprotests by gun rights supporters are also expected in cities including Boston, Boise, Salt Lake City and Valparaiso, Ind.

Saturday's march is organized by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were gunned down last month. "Ever since then there's only been shootings and no change". Beyond major cities, they will include demonstrations in Las Vegas, where a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival past year; in Parkland, home to Stoneman Douglas; and in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where the community is marking the 20th anniversary of a middle school shooting that left four students and a teacher dead. The president also said he wanted to allow teachers and other staff members to be armed and trained to confront shooters.

Although the official protest language doesn't offer specifics on gun control measures, numerous protesters want high-powered firearms like the AR-15 assault rifle to be outlawed. We have to get weapons of war out of our communities by banning assault weapons. It took me several minutes to wrap my head around the fact that this was happening on US soil.

In fact, according to The Trace, former Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) said that the NRA worked with allies in Congress to cut off funding for these grants. The law raises age restrictions on the purchase of firearms across the state, bans the purchase and possession of bump stocks, and sets a three-day waiting period to buy any gun, including rifles and shotguns.

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