Marches, Walkouts and Sit-ins: Gun Control Battle Heads to the Street

As survivors of Wednesday’s school shooting demand that it be the last such massacre, marches are being planned around the country to amplify the students’ message that action must be taken to end gun violence.

The marches share one mission: to put pressure on Congress to pass gun reform and make schools safer.

Fourteen students and three teachers were killed and many injured when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week.

The shooting was at least the eighth at a US middle or high school this year and has reignited a debate over gun control.

In an emotional rally Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, politicians and Marjory Stoneman Douglas students called for a ban on weapons like the one used at the high school and urged voters to kick out lawmakers who oppose the move or who take money from the National Rifle Association.

#Enough Walkout

Women’s March organizers have lent their voices to the call, encouraging students, teachers and their allies to walk out of schools on March 14 to protest gun violence.

They’re demanding that Congress take legislative action on gun control.

The event is the brainchild of EMPOWER, the Woman’s March youth branch, and will take place exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

It’s scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in every time zone and last for 17 minutes — one for each victim who lost their life in the massacre.

Much like the original Women’s March, the #Enough Walkout started as a Facebook event that is quickly growing to include dozens of schools across the US, from elementary schools to colleges and universities.

March For Our Lives

Students who survived the shooting in Florida are also planning to protest in Washington, D.C. on March 24 at an event organized by March For Our Lives.

“Here’s a time to talk about gun control: March 24. My message for the people in office is: You’re either with us or against us. We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around,” junior Cameron Kasky said Sunday.

According to a mission statement for March For Our Lives, students will converge to say the nation can no longer wait to tackle issues of school safety and gun control reform.

They’re asking that like-minded folks who can’t make it to the nation’s capital stage solidarity marches in their own communities.

“Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear,” the March For Our Lives website says. “It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.”

National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools

Another national walkout is slated for April 20, the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine shooting in Colorado.

The Network for Public Education has organized the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools.

It has called for school communities to engage in acts of protest around their schools.

“Organize sit-ins, teach-ins, walkouts, marches — whatever you decide will show your school and community’s determination to keep our students safe,” it said. “It is time to let our legislators know that they must stand up to the gun lobby and enact meaningful reform to protect students and staff.”

Addressing lawmakers

Meantime Florida lawmakers will experience the Parkland students’ political motivation firsthand when they arrive at the state Capitol this Wednesday to speak to members of the Legislature.

Ryan Deitsch, 18, a senior planning to make the six-hour trip, says organizers have arranged buses to transport about 100 people, students, and chaperones, to the capital.

They’ll travel Tuesday night and plan to address senators Wednesday morning and representatives that afternoon. The plan is to split up into teams of three to five students and visit with legislators individually, he said.

Town hall

Later that day, CNN is holding a nationally televised town hall with the victims’ classmates, parents and community members.

“Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action” will air live at 9 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, February 21 at the BB&T Center.

So far, Florida Rep. Ted Deutch, Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio have accepted an invitation to participate in the town hall.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he would be unable to attend because he would be working on legislative solutions in Tallahassee. And President Donald Trump also declined an invitation to speak.

White House ‘listening session’

The White House announced that a “listening session” would be held with high school students and teachers Wednesday. The White House said more information would be made available closer to the event.

Alex Wind, a survivor, told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield that he did not plan to attend and that the President needed to reach out to the students.

“If Donald Trump wants to listen to us, he should have taken the first invitation,” Wind said. “We are not going to come to him. He is going to need to come to us.”

Emma Gonzalez, speaking in the same interview, said she suspected his scheduled listening session could be a sign Trump does not want to face outraged victims of the shooting.

“The fact that he has organized this just proves that he’s scared of us and that he doesn’t want to have to face us,” Gonzalez said.

But while the protests against gun violence and perceived inaction by lawmakers grow, so does the list of incidents involving schools.

In the less than a week since the shooting, the hopes of Marjory Stoneman Douglas students that their tragedy would be the last have appeared precarious.

As of Sunday night, there had been at least 12 reports of other incidents involving a threat to a school or a weapon on a school campus.

And so they march.


  • warningfakenews

    Only in a society where guns are commonplace among its citizens can gun violence be readily deterred. Creating “safe spaces” where no guns are “allowed” -in fact- creates soft targets and invites mass murder.

    Where citizens are encouraged to carry weaponry- not only is gun violence diminished, but virtually all other forms of terrorist attacks as well. Truck, car, knife, hatchet- if the people are armed, they have the means to cut it short.

  • Stand With Me

    One has to wonder about this whole escalation of incidents. This did not happen 40 years ago. Sure, there were crazies (Manson Family, Jim Jones, David Koresh) and people have taken other people’s lives. But, this behavior took a few steps up the ladder after Columbine. Only in the past 5 years has the number of mass shootings escalated to fevered pitch – during the Obamination Presidency into present day. This is NOT a coincidence.

    In August of 1966, a man murdered his wife and mother, and took to a clock tower at the University of Texas in Austin. Charles Whitman killed 16 people at the scene, with another losing their battle in hospital from their injuries. The standoff lasted over 1 1/2 hours and Whitman was finally shot to death by two police Officers. There wasn’t a National cry for the banning of weapons after that incident. Why are people using EVERY tragic incident as a platform for their political agenda?

    Once the 2nd Amendment is repealed, the 1st Amendment will go, and the domino effect will ensue. We will then become a nation of thugs with firearms and law-abiding individuals being target fodder. Sensible dialogue needs calm and cool heads long, long after people have processed this terrible event. Not right now as people are mourning and grieving. No marches, no demonstrations, no this or that. Just calm and quiet for a while.

      • warningfakenews

        Probably not, but it likely has the capability to listen into the home and relay whatever is said– AND seen — to whomever is determined enough to find and use that information.

  • matt edwards

    reread story,. these ‘students’ are an embarrasment. this gonzalez in particular. wonder how many of her family are illegal. WHO THE HELL ARE THESE LITTLE THUGS IN TRAINING TO DICTATE AND DISRESPECT PRESIDENT TRUMP. I’D BE ASHAMED IF SHE WERE MY DAUGHTER ! SHE IS GOING TO BA A COMMUNITY AGITATOR ACTIVIST THUG !

  • matt edwards

    WOW ! the whackos talking about the Florida school shooting lied about this being the 18th mass school shooting in america today. how sad the left has to lie about the nra ! they contirbuted 23 million to candidates from 1998 til now ! on the other hand the LEFTIST SOCIALIST KNEE BREAKING UNIONS GAVE 1.3 BILLION SINCE LAST FALL . GEE 23 MILLION 1,3 BILLION WHO’S PEDDLING INFLUENCE. SCUMBAG UNIONS

  • Think Positive

    I think everybody should have to take a mental stability test, as well as a gun safety test, given at at a police station, before they can get a license for a gun. Just like getting a driver’s license. I think there should be a set age of 18, to take the test. And if someone has any kind of altercation or brush with the law, they should have their permit and gun taken away, permanently. If you have a license to own a gun, it should have to be renewed every 2 years, with a new test at the police station.

    • matt edwards

      MORON ! who wants to screw around at some cop station for a retest every 2 years. do you take a drivers test every 2 years? why not? CARS KILL 15 OR 20 TIMES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED BY GUN [EXCEPT GANG BANGERS AND THEY DON’T COUNT AS HUMAN] WHY DON’T THEY RETEST EVERY 2 YEARS? BESIDES i don;t trust cops anymore than i trust the demoscum party !

  • Real American

    My actual security and constitutional rights out way your imagined security. Gun control will not work in this country. There are way too many people, dang near open borders, and a frame of mind that doesn’t value life.
    If these shootings have been legit, we have a massive mental health issue, not a gun issue. Sadly more and more of these appear to be false flags pushed by the globalist to further gun control cause an armed people can resist tyranny. A strong US can resist a one world government.

    • Think Positive

      Seems like we have a massive mental health issue AND a gun issue. Combined, they are detrimental to everybody. Guns in the wrong hands. Guns in the hands of angry and mentally disturbed people.
      I agree that gun control will be beyond difficult in this country, in part because the U.S. people have so many freedoms and rights because of the constitution. Our constitution is both our friend, and our enemy at the same time. If people are good at heart and well intended, the constitution works. But if people are mean, angry and/or mental, then the constitution fails us. Our Government needs to do something about this.

      • You don't get it

        Government can’t do nuffings! Government is the problem and you don’t get it.
        Turning this country from border to border into a one size fits all, then putting the country into a one world type government where a few oligarchs divvy up the resources and treat the population as cattle is not where I am going to live, but may in fact be where I will die. 3%!

      • Duh

        Ask a Native American what “Our Government” has done for them? Any other questions about the government doing something for the people, refer to the first question…

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