Local Students Lead Riverside March Against Gun Violence

She said she understands talking about guns and mental health can light a firestorm of debate.

Ariana Grande also performed, at the D.C. rally, she encountered another iteration of violence when her 2017 Manchester, England, concert was bombed, killing 22 people and injuring scores of others. "I did this stuff". She said she's exhausted of hearing gunshots outside her home. I feel so sad for them, but it's just something that unfortunately needs to be done in our lives today.

The group held hands during a moment of silence for people who have lost their lives to gun violence, and then marched through town holding signs that read things like "No More Silence, End Gun Violence" and "Make Our Schools Great Again".

"Politicians either represent the people or can not", said Cameron Kasky, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas student who survived the shooting.

Tens of thousands of Americans have gathered across the country at March For Our Lives rallies to demand tighter gun laws, led by survivors of last month's Florida school massacre which reignited public anger over mass shootings. This included a March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of thousands of Americans aimed to break through a legislative gridlock that has long stymied efforts to tighten firearm controls. They come from varying backgrounds and none of their future goals point them in exactly the same direction. "All they're doing is an echo chamber that they want everybody to hear them but won't give anyone else an opinion".

22% of United States gun sales occur without a background check.

"Gun violence prevention is something everyone agrees with", said Molly, adding Scranton is not immune to violence.

Limiting the number of bullets a gun can discharge, the marchers argue, will at least force any shooter to stop and reload, giving children a chance to escape. "People kill people." Humphrey, who was visiting Washington with his family for spring break, said he owns guns for target shooting and hunting and uses them responsibly.

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"All they're doing is asking the government to take their liberty away from them without due process", Brandon Howard, a 42-year-old Trump supporter, said of the protesters in the capital.

"The signage, everything, it was done 100 percent by the students", he said. "What we need now is action". "Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change", Obama said. But many others see it as infringement of #2A that won't prevent shootings.

Her speech has inspired many, including some important voices in the black community. For several of the core group, this was not their first demonstration since the shooting.

A march is also planned in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on the 20th anniversary of a shooting at a middle school there that killed four students and a teacher. They're grandparents and they want safer schools too, they said when asked why they joined Saturday's march.

Similar events advocating gun control took place in 800 locations across the U.S. and worldwide, including Berlin, Bogotá, London, Mumbai, Port-au-Prince, São Paulo, Sydney, and Tokyo.

Her daughters, Dianna and Deanna Milleret, are 16-year-old twins, both sophomores at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school.

The Scranton March for Our Lives swelled through the city from Olive Street to Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, filling downtown streets with chants for change.

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