People March For Tougher Gun Laws

It was the latest display of frustration by students with the national debate on gun control.

President Donald Trump was in Florida for the weekend and did not weigh in on Twitter either.

Actor George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney, who donated Dollars 500,000 to the march were seen participating in the "March for Our Lives" rally and clicking pictures and selfies with the students.

Ilan Alhadeff, joined at left by his wife, Lori, 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. They will pass the school in silence to honor the 17 victims of the February 14 shooting. Catherine Wilson, who lost her sister Mhairi in the 1996 Dunblane Primary School shootings, was among the speakers.

"Politicians: either represent the people or get out". To my right, a 10-year-old boy began chanting: "This is what democracy looks like!"

Another survivor, David Hogg, said it was a new day.

"Because this", he said, pointing behind him to the Capitol dome, "this is not cutting it".

In America, major protests were organised in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and NY. Since then numerous survivors have become vocal advocates calling for changes in gun laws and inspiring students in other cities to become more engaged in the gun debate. They said the idea that citizens should be able to own assault rifles is "ridiculous". People make this out to be an attack on the Second Amendment rather than what the real issue is, which is protecting the children and being sensible about laws.

Speaking for himself and his two friends he said "We're believers in hunting and personal protection, this isn't about taking people's weapons away from them".

"If they don't keep it up, those that want no change will just sit on their hands".

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"You can't regulate evil". "The problem is if you eliminate one tool they're going to find another tool and use it".

"Students are, even through their fear, advocating for the issues and continuing to say that we will not stop until something happens and change occurs", Oye said.

Krupp, a Wyoming High School junior, helped organize the Cincinnati march.

Mentor High School student Eliana Taub told she has been passionate about stricter gun laws since the Chardon high school shooting in 2012.

As I followed the masses of people on Saturday morning toward the Center for Civil Rights, where the march was to kick off, the streets of Downtown Atlanta bigger than I'd ever seen them.

The young USA 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. Actor George Clooney and his human rights attorney wife, Amal, donated $500,000 and said they would be at the Washington rally.

At the NY rally, former Beatle Paul McCartney paid tribute to his bandmate John Lennon, who was murdered by a gunman in 1980.

Since the bloodshed in Florida, students have tapped into a current of gun control sentiment that has been building for years - yet still faces a powerful foe in the NRA and its supporters.

After the rally, participants will march 2 miles to Stoneman Douglas.

Signs carried by protestors lambasted lawmakers who oppose tougher laws and the National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful USA gun lobby. She along with the student activists from Stoneman Douglas led the crowd in chants of, "We want change!".

  • Lawrence Cooper