"I totally admire these young people and the strength and courage and initiative they have taken on because the adults have let them down", said Hallie Smith, a participant at the march. The real work comes next, when the hundreds of people that were rallying with you have gone back to their day jobs.
Getting a comprehensive and effective bill addressing gun safety was a goal of the parent march, according to Washington organizers.
One high school student addresses a crowd of thousands at Martin Luther King Jr. What is different now is that young people are no longer waiting for their elected officials to take action. "Students everywhere are demanding that they be free to learn and grow without fearing for their lives".
"I think it brings some depth and breadth and nuance to the kinds of conversations that people can have about this", said Mariner. "They want sensible gun legislation, and so do we", Rescigno said in an email Monday.
A statement led by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility on Thursday called for companies "to carefully reflect on how their operations, business relationships, supply chain policies, marketing practices and public voices might be used to counter gun violence and foster safer communities". "It's often hard to be taken seriously as a young person trying to make a difference, but everyone at the event was very encouraging and supportive".
For example, though gun control advocates routinely refer to banning "assault" weapons, the truth is there are nearly none in civilian possession.
Regarding the other items, "high capacity" is really standard capacity, and there is no gun show loophole. "I eventually found my sister and we hugged and held each other, happy that we were safe". It feels like our country has reverted to a culture not unlike that of the "wild, wild west" of the 1800s-gunslingers strolling into innocent communities and wreaking havoc. The NRA fearmongering that creates an uncontrollable narrative that "a bad guy" is out to get you has little basis in fact.
Another thing that we all can do is be sensitive to those around us.
From Hamilton Street in Allentown to the steps of the U.S. Capitol, protesters demanded change, pushing for new restrictions on gun ownership and tighter school security.
This comes just days after an African American man was shot to death in his backyard because police mistook his iPhone for a gun.
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