- March 25, 2018
- Posted by: Trading
- Category: News
Spearheaded by a group of students who survived one of the world’s deadliest school massacres on Feb. 14, thousands of youth around the globe, along with supporters, took to the streets to protest gun violence on Saturday.
Most notably was a march in Washington, D.C., where bus loads of students poured in from across the country, including those from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., the site of the Valentine’s Day massacre of 14 students and three staff members.
— Kristen Holmes (@KristenhCNN) March 24, 2018
— Chris Chester ? (@ChrisBChester) March 24, 2018
— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) March 24, 2018
Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and Alex Wind, among the survivors of that shooting, have been leading a #NeverAgain movement since 19-year old Nikolas Cruz carried out his deadly attack with AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon. Those student activists are set to be featured in the April 2 issue of Time magazine standing above the headline“ENOUGH,” (see below):
Among those speaking at the rally was 11-year old Naomi Wadler, who drew praise across social media for her speech at the Washington, D.C. rally who spoke about all the victims of gun violence who most never hear about.
“I am here to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” she said on Saturday.
— Heather Jenkins (@hjenkins88) March 24, 2018
Recently, nearly one million students protested continued government inaction on gun control by staging a school walkout.
I’m ready to change America and save lives are you?
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 24, 2018
Last week, the House passed a bill to provide $50 million a year to train teachers, students and other law-enforcement officials to spot potential violence, the first major school-safety-related vote since the Parkland shooting. The Justice Department also submitted regulation to ban so-called bump stocks, which allow some firearms to deploy with more deadly rapidity.
I live two blocks from the @uscapitol, and seven blocks from the start of the #MarchForOurLives, and this is the view out my window right now. March doesn’t start for another hour. (Wait for the big rolly thing at the end.) pic.twitter.com/Fvt6LnrUTB
— Gillian Brockell (@gbrockell) March 24, 2018
The Trump administration has announced plans to spend money to train school employees to carry concealed weapons, but hasn’t moved to raise the age limit for gun purchases.
So far, calls to arm teachers has been met with mixed responses, with a recent Gallup poll showing that teachers don’t want to carry guns in the classroom. One school superintendent in northeast Pennsylvania made headlines recently after putting buckets of stones in his classrooms for teachers and students as a “last ditch” option to defend themselves from any potential gunman.
Michelle and I are so inspired by all the young people who made today’s marches happen. Keep at it. You’re leading us forward. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 24, 2018
In the wake of the Florida massacre, more than a dozen major companies, such as Delta Air Lines
and United Airlines-parent United Continental Holdings Inc.
have cut ties with the National Rifle Association, while YouTube, owned by Alphabet’s Google Inc.
last week said it would ban gun-related videos.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc.
late February announced that it would no longer sell assault-style rifles, and bar sales of any firearm to anyone under 21 years of age.
Judging by social media, few cities in the U.S. appeared unaffected by the sweeping call to action on Saturday:
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) March 24, 2018
And outside of the U.S., it was largely the same story. In Edinburgh, Scotland, a rally drew relatives of the 16 students and one teacher killed in the deadliest mass shooting in U.K. history at Dunblane Primary School near Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland in March 1996.
Ali Ross and her brother Andrew who lost their sister Joanna in the Dunblane shooting say it was important to them to come and show support for those marching in America today #March for our lives #Edinburgh pic.twitter.com/o0heAjW8e6
— Aileen Clarke (@BBCAileenClarke) March 24, 2018
Similar rallies happened from Paris to Tokyo:
— Lucy Hough (@lucyhough33) March 24, 2018
— djvjgrrl (@djvjgrrl) March 24, 2018
In Tokyo, Japan, Americans gathered for our friends and family, and for all those who have died from gun violence in the US. #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives #MarchForOurLivesJapan pic.twitter.com/2OUSZKlucY
— Jenise Treuting (@Theovell) March 24, 2018
I salute our fellow global citizens joining the #MarchForOurLives in solidarity today!! #Tokyo, #Manila, #Seoul, #Sydney, #London, #Paris, #Berlin, #Madrid, #Israel, #BuenosAires, #Lima, #Bogota, #Toronto, #Oslo, #Auckland, #Dublin, #Rome, #Brussels & more – THANK YOU! pic.twitter.com/g17XqHaHMn
— Mindful Majority (@MindfulMajority) March 24, 2018
#MarchForOurLives in Frankfurt/Germany, supporting you from afar to fight for gun control. American children of every color should be able to feel as safe in America as here! #GunControlNow pic.twitter.com/3Jo5zQdOFu
— Freecat15 (@freecat713) March 24, 2018
Also attending New York City’s rally was musician Paul McCartney, who spoke of former bandmate John Lennon. “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me,” he told CNN.