Gun-control protesters march through Philly as pro-gun activists gather in the suburbs

Gun-control protesters march through Philly as pro-gun activists gather in the suburbs

Nearly five months after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., and about two months after another school shooting outside of Houston, Tex., a small, but passionate march against gun violence wove through the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday morning to shine a spotlight on the city’s murder rate, and renew calls for state and federal gun-control legislation. Meanwhile, about 20 protestors gathered outside the Chester County Courthouse in West Chester, Pa. to promote gun rights and to lift up a viewpoint they say has been left out of the conversation about gun violence. Both protests are part of national movements — the March for our Lives and the March for our Rights — on either side of a bitterly entrenched debate over the meaning of the Second Amendment and how best to keep Americans safe. In Philadelphia, the student-led gun-control march of about 50 people began at the Art Museum, stopped in front of City Hall, and ended at Independence Mall, steps away from the Liberty Bell. Called “Still Marching Philadelphia,” organizers said the event was meant to keep up the momentum almost four months after thousands of students across the region walked out of their schools. At each stop, speakers not only decried a string of mass shootings at schools, concerts, and most recently, the offices of a newspaper. They also condemned the gun violence that persistently plagues neighborhoods across the city — especially in communities of color — and urged people to come […]

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