Vancouver students stage March for our Lives rally to protest gun violence

25 March, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • Ahead of 'March for Our Lives,' Student Manifesto Outlines Steps to Eradicate 'Plague of Gun Violence'

Student activists are set to continue their push for an end to gun violence on Saturday, as thousands are expected to join the March for Our Lives organized in cities across the country and world.

More than 150,000 students in the USA have experienced a shooting on campus since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, according to a Washington Post analysis.

Although the Washington march was bankrolled by left-leaning celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and George and Amal Clooney, students who survived the Parkland shooting, students directly affected by gun violence have been its faces.

More than 4,000 people on social media indicated interest in San Jose's march and rally, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.at City Hall and to proceed down Santa Clara Street for a rally at the Arena Green on W. St. John Street, organizer Hiwad Haider said.

The congressman further called on the NRA to "stop frightening the American people that we're all out there to take away the Second Amendment".

For the roughly 100 students, alumni and parents from Great Mills who emerged from the escalator at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station on Saturday, the march had a raw immediacy.

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"We were invited out by other survivors" of shootings in Virginia, Tucson and Aurora, Colorado, said Gooze, who will meet them for breakfast in D.C. on Saturday. Is turning out to be the one of the most massive protests in USA history. They also support universal background checks and closing the so-called gun show loophole, which allows private sellers to avoid a background check. Bump stocks were used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock to kill 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in recent USA history. During that period, more than 187,000 students attending at least 193 primary or secondary schools have experienced a shooting on campus during school hours, according to a Washington Post analysis.

"You go to school and you're expecting to be safe in that building", James said. "We are going to make a difference".

"We want to make sure that we bless and respect the fact that we are on Kumeyaay land", he said.

"No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country". She said she wanted to help city kids interested in the movement but without the means to get to D.C.to participate in the rally. "But, we have had to endure 49 shootings in our neighborhood last school year and more than 30 killed from 2017-2018".

"We have been through this cycle of suffering, death, and then resurrection happening in our neighborhood, and it was a time to unite with the suffering people of Parkland through prayer", Dorantes said.

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