Artistes perform at 'March for Our Lives' protests

Artistes perform at 'March for Our Lives' protests

Ashraf Khalil and Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press •.

Hobson says events created to highlight the voices of gun violence survivors need to be accessible to people from the communities where gun violence has the largest impact.

The crowd in Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington during the March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control on Saturday.

"We want to make sure that the good people are the ones who are able to carry the firearms", Schlapp said. "Because this - this - is not cutting it", he said, pointing at the white-domed Capitol behind the stage.

"My name is Naomi, and I am 11 years old". Activist Amina Henderson said Chicago's youth stand in solidarity with the Parkland students, but that "Gun control is not the only thing that we need".

"I work extremely hard at my studies".

"I came to open dialogue", Ciabottonia said, adding that calling for a ban on bump stocks was reactionary.

"I am concerned for sensible gun control and very upset that Washington D.C. has done nothing about it", Schubert said.

There were counter-demonstrations in a number of cities, including in Washington, where about 30 gun rights supporters gathered in front of the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to The Associated Press (AP).

Gun rights have been a key voting issue for decades, and the National Rifle Association has built substantial political influence on its ability to get its legion of enthusiastic supporters to the polls.

Trump was in Florida at the Trump International Golf Club at the time of the demonstration. Among the ones already capturing the world's imagination was Emma Gonzalez's address (video above). Schumer, a cousin of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who also attended the event, said in support of the Parkland shooting survivors.

March for Our Lives events around the country
They arrived in Washington two hours before the rally after a grueling 23-hour bus ride from Florida. The shooting has spurred a wave of school walkouts and protest led by students across the country.

"Michelle and I are so inspired by all the young people who made today's marches happen", Obama tweeted. On April 14, she will host a walk for gun violence in Liberty City, and two days later she will be part of a "The Youth Speaks" event at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

One of the largest rallies outside the capital took place at a Florida park not far from Stoneman Douglas High School.

She wasn't even the youngest person to galvanise the crowd, with Yolanda Renee King - granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr - leading the masses in a rousing refrain. We must track down where these guns are coming from and limit access to semi-automatic weapons to see real change in all communities - not just the wealthy ones.

They join local marchers like Jay Tracy, a senior at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland.

About 30 gun-rights supporters staged a counter-demonstration in front of Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters, standing quietly with signs such as "Armed Victims Live Longer" and "Stop Violating Civil Rights".

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

"All the gun violence that's been happening around our country is not OK", she said.

"We all went through this together and we can't really fight each other on this we have to stay together", she said. "And to the politicians who believe their right to own a gun comes before our lives, get ready to be voted out by us, the future". One of the only times I got seriously mad at my Dad was when he wouldn't let his friend, and incredible marksman, Bob Edgar shoot a balloon out of my mouth. They deserve better politicians and a better country.

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

For example, she plans to lobby Beacon Hill for legislation that would allow family and household members to petition a court to temporarily remove a gun from a person who is considered a risk to themselves or the public. "Year after year, more and more Americans die", he said. "It's been going on my entire life".

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