Emma Gonzalez brings March for Our Lives rally to an emotional silence

She added: "It would also benefit us to redefine what assault weapons are so that when we call for a ban against them, it's clear that we aren't trying to ban all guns".

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting in February are leading hundreds of thousands in the March For Our Lives demonstration Saturday in Washington, D.C. Sibling marches are additionally scheduled to occur in various cities across the United States.

Gabe says it was hard to go back to school while processing so many emotions, but school officials made an effort to help. But polling suggests young people aren't overwhelmingly for gun control. "We are here for real change". "Because this - this - is not cutting it", he said, pointing at the white-domed Capitol.

More than 800 demonstrations were scheduled in the United States and overseas, according to coordinators, with events as far afield as London, Mauritius and Stockholm. And the march organizers also appeared this week on the cover of Time, which doubles as a burn to Donald Trump, who considers that the highest barometer for success and prestige.

"Often, when people are confronted with conditions that aren't being addressed - I don't blame them for their anger or frustration", Brown said. "People kill people", said Connor Humphrey, 16, of San Luis Obispo, California, who was visiting Washington with his family for spring break.

"It's due to a. mental health care problem, a gun control problem, and an American problem", he said. His school had a lockdown exercise last week. The counter-protesters, though, argue that school safety can be accomplished and gun violence curbed without infringing upon gun owners' rights. Gun rights advocates feel that the measure restricts second amendment rights.

Pfeiffer, an 18-year-old senior, said he now scans restaurants and shopping plazas for potential danger and found himself looking over his shoulder in school hallways when classes resumed last month after the deadliest mass shooting at a high school in USA history. Their sign read, "Gun control". That's up from 61 percent who said the same in October of 2016 and 55 percent when the AP first asked the question in October of 2013. If you're planning to go, it's best to use one of the offsite parking locations or have someone drop you off.

Taking aim at the National Rifle Association gun lobby, teenagers chanted, "Hey, hey, NRA, how many kids have you killed today?" Fuentes said he was shot in front of her.

"I definitely look around, take in my surroundings a little more just to make sure that I can catch whatever I can, and I've never done that before", he said.

In Washington, Students will walk down Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday alongside pop stars Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. They even have their own app.

Congress passed a $1.3 trillion spending package on Friday that include a bill that incentivizes state and federal authorities to report more data to the country's gun background check system.

I am here for every person that has died at the hands of gun violence and for the many more whose lives were irreparably changed because of it.

Gottlieb, of the pro-gun group, said that the Parkland teens represent only one side of the debate among their generation and that they're being lionized by the media at the expense of peers who disagree.

"They felt they had the power to change something", O'Donnell said.


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