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US Organizers hope to draw half a million to gun control rally

09:06  24 march  2018
09:06  24 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

Students to put pencils down, walk out in gun protests

  Students to put pencils down, walk out in gun protests From Maine to Hawaii, thousands of students planned to stage walkouts Wednesday to protest gun violence, one month after the deadly shooting inside a high school in Parkland, Florida.Organizers say nearly 3,000 walkouts are set in the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged following the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to draw 500,000 protesters; that would match last year’s women’s march and make this one of the largest Washington protests since the Vietnam era. It would also bolster claims that the nation is ready to enact sweeping changes to its gun control laws.

Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to draw 500,000 protesters; that would match last year’s women’s march and make this one of the largest Washington protests since the Vietnam It would also bolster claims that the nation is ready to enact sweeping changes to its gun control laws.

Terri Robinowitz, center, holds a framed photo of her granddaughter Alyssa Alhadeff who was killed in the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with Alyssa's parents, Lori Alhadeff and Ilan Alhadeff, right, as lawmakers and gun control activists gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2018, a day before the March for Our Lives rally Saturday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) © The Associated Press Terri Robinowitz, center, holds a framed photo of her granddaughter Alyssa Alhadeff who was killed in the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with Alyssa's parents, Lori Alhadeff and Ilan Alhadeff, right, as lawmakers and gun control activists gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2018, a day before the March for Our Lives rally Saturday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — Thousands are gathering in Washington Saturday for a protest that organizers claim will be a defining moment in the long-simmering national debate over gun-control legislation.

March for Our Lives: What you should know

  March for Our Lives: What you should know Survivors of last month's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are preparing to take their fight for stricter gun control laws to Washington. This week's March for Our Lives is the culmination of a monthlong effort to honor the 17 students and faculty members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and rally Americans across the United States to say enough to gun violence.With momentum from the National School Walkout still going strong, students are demanding that their voices be heard.

Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to draw 500,000 protesters; that would match last year's women's march and make this one of the largest Washington protests since the Vietnam It would also bolster claims that the nation is ready to enact sweeping changes to its gun control laws.

Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to draw 500,000 protesters; that would match last year’s women’s march and make this one of the largest Washington protests since the Vietnam It would also bolster claims that the nation is ready to enact sweeping changes to its gun control laws.

Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to draw 500,000 protesters; that would match last year's women's march and make this one of the largest Washington protests since the Vietnam era. It would also bolster claims that the nation is ready to enact sweeping changes to its gun control laws. More than 800 marches are planned in cities across America and dozens of locations overseas to be held at roughly the same time.

Washington is generally nonchalant about protests, but Saturday's gathering has prompted more attention and speculation than usual. Washington officials say they are prepared to handle the crowds — more prepared than they were for the women's march, which far exceeded the organizers' official predictions of 300,000.

Poll: High School Students Overwhelmingly Support Stricter Gun Control

  Poll: High School Students Overwhelmingly Support Stricter Gun Control Ahead of Saturday’s ‘March For Our Lives’ protests, students feel strongly about the need for stricter gun regulations.American high school students overwhelmingly support stricter gun laws, and many students say they plan to participate in campaigns to protest or contact their political representatives in the hopes of getting laws changed to prevent future school shootings.

Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to draw 500,000 protesters; that would match last year's women's march and make this one It would also bolster claims that the nation is ready to enact sweeping changes to its gun control laws. More than 800 marches are planned in cities across

Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to draw 500,000 protesters; that would match last year's women's march and make this one It would also bolster claims that the nation is ready to enact sweeping changes to its gun control laws. More than 800 marches are planned in cities across

Ilan Alhadeff, joined at left by his wife Lori Alhadeff, holds a photograph of their daughter, Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, who was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during a rally by lawmakers and student activists in support of gun control at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2018, a day before the March for Our Lives event. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) © The Associated Press Ilan Alhadeff, joined at left by his wife Lori Alhadeff, holds a photograph of their daughter, Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, who was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during a rally by lawmakers and student activists in support of gun control at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2018, a day before the March for Our Lives event. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The protesters, many of them high school students, claim that the youth leadership of this initiative is what will set it apart from previous attempts to enact stronger gun-control legislation.

Marco Rubio tells March for Our Lives crowd many oppose gun bans

  Marco Rubio tells March for Our Lives crowd many oppose gun bans Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been criticized by many Parkland survivors, told those who attended rallies he respects their views but does not "agree.""I commend those who today are peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights to march in favor of a gun ban," Rubio said in a statement about the March for Our Lives protests across the nation.

Organizers of the gun - control rally in the nation's capital hoped their protest would match in numbers and spirit last year's women's march, which far But even with claims of historic social momentum on the issue of gun control , the AP poll also found that nearly half of Americans do not expect elected

Other gun - control protests around the country were also met with small counter-demonstrations. Organizers of the big rally in the nation’s capital hoped their protest would match in numbers and At the same time, the poll found that nearly half of Americans do not expect elected officials to take action.

In the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the students have tapped into a powerful current of pro-gun control sentiment that has been building for years. They have also partnered with well-funded liberal groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control advocacy group founded by former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

In Gun Control Marches, Students Led but Adults Provided Key Resources

  In Gun Control Marches, Students Led but Adults Provided Key Resources The March for Our Lives demonstrations were triumphs of organic, youthful grass-roots energy, and of sophisticated, experienced organizational muscle. Although the events, which together drew hundreds of thousands of demonstrators across the country, were inspired and often led by students, many protests simultaneously benefited from groups with more financial resources and organizational skills than the teenagers had on their own.Sign Up For the Morning Briefing Newsletter“We definitely teamed up,” said Madison Knoop, 18, who organized a rally of 2,500 in Montpelier, Vt.

The organizers of the rally are calling for a ban on the sale of assault rifles and large-capacity magazines and the extension of background checks to all gun purchases. The Stoneman Douglas speakers shared their drive for gun control with others long affected by gun violence.

Gun - control rallies draw ardent crowds. The Latest: California protesters chant ‘NRA has got to go’. More mass shooting survivors, inspired by Parkland At the same time, the poll found that nearly half of Americans do not expect elected officials to take action. Associated Press writers Terry Spencer in

Polls indicate that public opinion nationwide may indeed be shifting on an issue that has simmered for generations, and through dozens of mass shootings. A new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that 69 percent of Americans think gun laws in the United States should be tightened. That's up from 61 percent who said the same in October of 2016 and 55 percent when the AP first asked the question in October of 2013. Overall, 90 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of gun owners now favor stricter gun control laws.

Lexi Offstein, 17, center, and Jade Tywang, 17, right, both students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., meet with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, Friday March 23, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Students from Parkland came to Washington to push Congress for gun control ahead of the Saturday March For Our Lives. The students asked Blumenthal for lessons learned after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) © The Associated Press Lexi Offstein, 17, center, and Jade Tywang, 17, right, both students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., meet with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, Friday March 23, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Students from Parkland came to Washington to push Congress for gun control ahead of the Saturday March For Our Lives. The students asked Blumenthal for lessons learned after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

But even with claims of historic social momentum on the issue of gun control, the AP poll also found that nearly half of Americans do not expect elected officials to take action. Among the questions facing march organizers and participants will be how to translate this one-day event, regardless of turnout, into meaningful legislative change.

One way is by channeling the current energy into mid-term congressional elections this fall. Students in Florida have focused on youth voter registration and there will be a registration booth at the Saturday rally.

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