The Parkland students who survived the massacre of 17 of their classmates and teachers at the hands of a gunman have organized a march on Washington, DC and multiple marches around the country on March 24.
Parkland student survivors refuse to forget their classmates and teachers who died in a hail of gunfire on Valentine’s Day, when angry former student, Nikolas Cruz, mowed them down with an AR-15 rifle. Ever since the massacre ‘stopped,’surviving students have been extraordinarily vocal about demanding that both Florida and Congressional legislators ban assault weapons, strengthen background checks for gun buys and more. Now, they have organized a march on Washington, DC, plus marches all across America (click here for more info), and have called it the March For Our Lives, because they point out that students are literally marching for their survival. “We can’t even go to school without getting shout,” many of them cried on camera after the shock of the attack. Now, here’s more that you need to know.
1.) The movement was created and inspired specifically by the Parkland students but it’s aimed at protecting all students across the United States. The march is about students taking action to fight for gun control because the Parkland students believe too many legislators are controlled by the NRA and are more concerned with pleasing them, than protecting their constituents. The March For Our Lives mission statement says that school safety is not a political issue and no child should go to school wondering if it will be their last day. The goal is to get politicians to work for the people, not the NRA and enact sensible gun safety laws.
2.) Those involved with the movement are encouraging those who can’t be in Washington to march in their own communities too. March For Our Lives is not only exclusive to Washington DC. Students and their families and friends can plan to march no matter what city or state they live in. Check out the March For Our Lives website to find a march near you. The goal is to have students everywhere be a part of this important and worthy cause.
3.) Student survivors from the Florida school shooting are determined to make their school tragedy the last one and they want the March For Our Lives to convince lawmakers to enact stricter gun control laws. “People keep asking us, ‘What about the Stoneman Douglas shooting is going to be different, because this has happened before and change hasn’t come?’” Cameron Kasky, an 11th-grader at the school told ABC News. “This is it. People are saying that it’s not time to talk about gun control. And we can respect that. Here’s a time. March 24th in every single city. We are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives.”
4.) The student activists from Parkland involved with the March For Our Lives movement want to directly speak to politicians. They have expressed their desire to meet again with Republican politicians such as President Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Gov. Rick Scott so they can “give them the opportunity to be on the right side of this.” They are hoping the march will help them get closer to getting that chance.
5.) George & Amal Clooney, as well as Oprah, donated $500,000 to support March For Our Lives! Not only does March For Our Lives have the financial support of celebrity activists, but it also has their vocal and physical support. Stars like Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson will be walking with students in Washington, DC. Additionally, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union donated $200,000 for students from his Chicago hometown to be able to attend the march.
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