Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Local Students Lead Riverside March Against Gun Violence

Local Students Lead Riverside March Against Gun Violence

The March For Our Lives organizers' estimate attendance in be around 850,000 people-well exceeding expectations.

But the largest protest was in Washington, where organizers told NBC News the crowd was estimated at more than 800,000 people, the largest gun control rally in the United States since the Million Mom March in 2000.

In Washington, D.C., New York City, Denver, Los Angeles and other cities, demonstrators heard from student survivors of last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Here's a look back at some of the most powerful moments from the rally: Emma Gonzalez's emotional tribute to the six-minute shooting at Stoneman Douglas Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez cried as she held an emotional moment of silence, remaining on stage for six minutes and 20 seconds - the length of the shooting at her high school on February 14. That march saw an estimated 450,000 to a million attendees, although those figures have always been in dispute. "Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds", Gonzalez finally said - the exact amount of time Cruz spent spraying bullets inside her school before fleeing.

A report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention stated that black children are more likely to be victims of gun-related violence, however, their stories are not given much spotlight up to this date, according to Wadler. "I had a dream of a protest, a huge peaceful crowd with their hands outstretched toward the sky - each palm had a huge EYE drawn on it", she said.

"We have to make it harder for people to get guns".

"I have been saying for years, especially since Sandy Hook, that there needs to be something to stop insane people from going into school and mass murdering children", Wilson said.

"This is the most important issue of my life", Brookshire-Risley said.

"Every shooting that happens, we're told it's too soon to talk about it", said attendee Susanne Reimann of Coeur d'Alene. Emma Gonzalez, a Parkland student who has become a prominent face following the shooting, tweeted out well-wishes to everyone participating."Today is the #MarchForOurLives!"

He and Delaney Tarr, another Stoneman Douglas student, suggested Trump had backed away from firmer action after he met with the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group.

"A huge portion of the people at the march and at marches all over the country have been affected by gun violence, so they're also feeling what I have felt", she said. The student activists have also called for solutions such as bullet-proof glass in school windows and doors. They have also partnered with well-funded liberal groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control advocacy group founded by former NY mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

"But the issue of gun violence really still hits home for many of us", Vincent said. Don't just go out and vote: "Get 17 other people to go out and vote".

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