Trump praises marchers protesting school gun violence nationwide

Statistics on childhood gun deaths

Statistics on childhood gun deaths

On the other side of the debate, gun rights advocates cite constitutional guarantees of the right to bear arms.

Caprock High School teachers also came out today to show support for their students.

"There can be no change if we don't look inside our inner city and see the pain and grief that families are suffering every day", said Reverend Henry Brown. For example, "we were thinking somewhere in the ballpark of 50 or 60 [marshals for the march], and then we talked to the person who helped run the women's march previous year, and she said she needed more than 500".

The group was marching Saturday morning to Los Angeles City Hall.

What prompted her to take action, she said, was having a cousin in preschool who had to practice a drill in case of a school shooting and she hoped for a day when children like her cousin don't have to be thinking about the violence that could befall them in a place that should be safe.

Hellgate High School students organized after the Parkland shooting to create Fight for Missoula Lives, a platform for student activism in Missoula. That included a March 14 national walkout observed by some students at several Fargo-Moorhead schools.

"I March Because I Was Almost Silenced", read a sign carried by Samantha Mayor, 17, who was shot in the knee and wears a heavy brace on her leg as she recovers. The killings of 13 people at Columbine High School in 1999 "unfortunately has become the new weird normal", where "the one place specifically created to give children a safe place, the place we make them go, has turned into a place of fear".

Protesters attend the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC.

United States politicians shouldn't be surprised to see young people taking to the streets about gun violence, a teacher says.

The young organizers have won kudos and cash from dozens of celebrities, with singers Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande, as well as "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, among those performing in Washington.

Eighteen-year-old Destiny Smith-Matta said she's increasingly anxious about President Donald Trump's suggestion that teachers be armed.

She added that mandatory safety classes for guns, especially semi-automatics, should be imposed on gun owners. "Who's Afraid of the NRA?" But, seeing all the other kids using their voice and making a change, I thought this could have been a start for me. "We shouldn't have guns in our society. They will hit any and everybody", she said. "They're basically saying the NRA is paying off these Republicans", the party of President Donald Trump, which controls the Senate and House of Representatives.

Pittsfield students attending the march in Washington were scheduled to meet with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and Herzig is encouraging them to plan a public event to share what they have learned, and offer next steps about addressing national policies and local needs.

Organizers of the march in Washington, D.C., hoped to draw 500,000 people on Saturday.

The area was closed to traffic in order to hold the tide of protesters squeezing into streets flanked by giant video screens proclaiming their slogan, "March For Our Lives". Her daughter, Ella, made a sign to bring with her on the march.

Though she has seen waves of demonstrations come and go, she said this one is going to stick.

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