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'March for our Lives' demonstration draws a record-breaking crowd

29 March 2018

However it was hard not to notice that some Americans were, to paraphrase George Orwell's "Animal Farm", more "American" than others.

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David Hogg was even more explicit: "The cold grasp of corruption shackles the District of Columbia... And I'm anxious that the NRA means more to certain representatives than our children do, at this point", she said. These killers were rarely mentioned. "In the 1960s, there was a transformation and the kids today are taking control of this issue". American women are 16 times more likely to be shot to death than in other developed countries; When a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, the woman is five times as likely to be murdered.

In 846 marches worldwide, millions of people took to the streets demanding an end to gun violence in the first March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24.

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"I remember lock-down drills as young as first grade".

And what of the hundreds of thousands who must live with life-altering injuries - what of the cost to society of their lost ability to fulfill their potential, of the cost of health care that might otherwise have been spent on education, professional training, investment in innovation? "And certainly not domestic terrorists". There is no need or rationale for these guns to be used to exercise the right to bear arms.

Honesdale High School Sophomore Jenna Mohn said that participating in the march was more liberating than she expected. They've been pushing for stronger gun laws on a federal level.

SLU College Democrats President Robert Lasky spoke about the importance of showing up for the march, saying, "Marches are great ways to show public opinion on a certain issue, and public opinion has a very long track record of swaying the opinion of public officials". And sometimes, they say, it's easier to see a problem for what it is when you're on the outside. "The NRA's membership is increasing, ours is increasing".

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Some of us were once challenged by the by the hymn of our generation to "get out of the new if you can't lend a hand, for the times they are a changing".

I am speaking here as a long-time gun owner and ex-military citizen. Just how many showed up, however, is turning out to be a matter of dispute. "In Florida they're doing it on their own and it's wonderful". 10,000 San Diegans gathered in Escondido, Encinitas, and Waterfront Park this past Saturday to participate in the "March for our Lives" protest.

Dee Dee Edmondson, a member of Massachusetts' LGBT community who works with Wallace, agrees. She may have been physically present in Mumbai, her home of the past eight years, but her mind was back in the U.S., where she was born.

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The group, which will remain unofficial until it can apply for recognition next year, has already hosted Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Rebecca Fischer earlier this month and is planning an upcoming event to discuss stigmas surrounding mental illness and gun violence.

The march was obviously initially inspired by the desire for gun reform after the Parkland shooting.

"It's a shared message: That we are all standing here against gun violence", Wright said. We do not advocate for the banning of all firearms. We're not here for bread crumbs.

We thank you, young people, for resurrecting feelings and convictions and passions too always been muffled and we thank you for shoving in our stuffed faces all the violence that besets our society.

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'March for our Lives' demonstration draws a record-breaking crowd