Washington-led gun control rally extends to over 800 U.S. regions
Hundreds of thousands of people in over 800 regions in the United States took to the streets on Saturday for the, “March for Our Lives,” gun control rally, demanding the end of gun violence and mass school shootings.
This large-scale rally was prompted by the mass shooting which happened at a high school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed on Valentine’s Day.
In Washington D.C., the main venue for the national rally, over 500,000 people descended upon Capitol Hill after having been called on by survivors of the high school in Parkland. It is the largest anti-gun violence rally here since the year 2,000.
According to official data, the number of shooting cases have been on the rise over the last ten years. A total of 18 school shooting cases have happened across the U.S. since the beginning of 2018 alone, this has made many students, teachers and parents seriously lack a sense of security in their schools.
“I just wanna feel safe in school. I wanna be able to come to school and not be afraid to get shot. I want all my friends to be safe. And I want nobody to have to experience that horror again,” said a tearful protester.
At the rally scene, the masses strongly appealed to the government to prohibit the sales of assault rifles. Additionally, they also cast a resolute no to the notion that arming teachers with guns will help protect schools.
“I am a teacher, I can teach, but I won’t shoot. I will not shoot. I don’t know what I would do with a gun,” said a protester.
In Los Angeles, thousands of students and their parents also gathered to participate in the rally.
“We need to demonstrate because our congressmen are just listening to the NRA (National Rifle Association of America), they’re not listening to the people. And the majority of people do not want these guns on the street,” said a retired teacher.
In addition to some 800 sister marches in the U.S., over 30 rallies in Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia were also held on the same day.