Thousands of students, teachers and supporters took to the streets and demanded gun control in a nationwide rally across America. This rally is part of the March For Our Lives movement which is a student-led movement to end gun violence in America.
What is a movement? A movement happens when people come together to fight for something they strongly believe in.
The March for Our Lives movement has been organised by student survivors of February 14, 2018, shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida. They organised this massive nationwide protest in 5 weeks.
The result was one of the biggest youth movements in America. More than 850,000 people marched in Washington D.C. with sibling protests in cities including Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
What were the students, teachers and supporters specifically asking for?
- They called on lawmakers to change U.S. gun laws
- stop sales of assault-type rifles like the one used by the Florida killer
- better background checks on people buying guns
- raising the age to buy guns
- Persuading voters not to vote for politicians/lawmakers who don’t support gun control. They are speaking out against current lawmakers who continue to avoid action.
- Spoke against the National Rifle Association (NRA), a group that wants to make it easier to buy and own guns.
Protesters hope that this movement will create change in America.