‘Our friends are dying, so we march’: Students rally to fight gun violence

‘Our friends are dying, so we march’: Students rally to fight gun violence

Gun Rights

Hundreds of high school students, family members and people touched by gun violence marched Thursday to the U.S. Capitol. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) On Thursday morning, a curious scene emerged on Pennsylvania Avenue: Between the throngs of tourists snapping photos of the Washington Monument and commuters rushing to work, high school students pushed their way toward the White House. At 9 a.m., hundreds of teenagers from the District and suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia left their classrooms and headed to the U.S. Capitol to protest gun violence. “No more!” students chanted while holding signs that read, “I should be writing my college essay, not my will” and “Am I next?” The demonstration came a year to the day after thousands of students in the D.C. region participated in a national walkout to protest gun violence. Student activists were spurred to action by a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead. Survivors of the shooting channeled their grief last year into a formidable wave of activism that inspired students throughout the country to advocate for stricter gun control. That movement culminated on March 24 last year, when hundreds of thousands of people converged on Washington to attend the March for Our Lives, an event organized by survivors of the Florida shooting to raise awareness of gun violence. The focus of Thursday’s demonstration was federal legislation requiring universal background checks for firearm sales that awaits a vote in the Senate, following House […]

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