Many thousands of people rallied in Washington DC, and all across the US to demand that politicians tighten gun control.
This comes after Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas killed 19 children and two teachers last month. However, there have been numerous other mass shootings.
Yolanda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s grand-daughter, said that the country was at a turning point and that laws must be changed.
She said, “This time is different because it’s not about politics.” It’s all about morality. It’s not right or left, but right or wrong. And that doesn’t just refer to thoughts and prayers. This means action and courage.
Despite the rain, thousands of people gathered at National Mall to hold placards. One said, “Children don’t have to be replaced, senators do.” Vote”.
A sign that said “I want to feel safe in school” was displayed by a middle-school girl.
District of Columbia mayor Muriel bowser said to the crowd in her city, “Enough is enough.”
“I speak for millions of Americans, as a mom and as a mayor. I am asking Congress to do its job. Its job is to protect us and to protect our children against gun violence.
March For Our Lives was founded by survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida. It organized the rallies.
David Hogg, the group’s founder, stated that “if our government cannot do anything to stop 19 children being killed, massacred in their school, and decapitated then it’s time for us to change who’s in government.”
The US President Joe Biden was present in California at the Washington rally and said that his message was to the demonstrators to “keep marching”, while also stating that he was optimistic about legislative negotiations to reduce gun violence.
The House of Representatives passed bills to increase the age limit for semi-automatic weapons purchases and to establish federal “red flag” laws.
Since the Texas school shooting, more than 700 people have been killed in the US
However, such initiatives have been stalled in the Senate or heavily watered down.
Democratic and Republican senators had hoped for an agreement on this week’s framework to address the issue. They held further talks Friday but were unable to reach a deal.