[THOMAS STARR KING] Protect Students, Not Guns

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"These students, these parents, all these people, when they're affected by gun violence, your life is never the same", Hilger said.

Kids off the Block, a nonprofit group involved in organizing the march, advocates for children's education and safety.

As people continued to pile in, students spoke to the crowd and expressed why they were marching: to send a message to politicians.

Given the laws of physics, and the fact that both discussions were at the same time, she could be at only one of them, she said; she was in River Vale, but got near-constant texts from Rockleigh.

And while Knoop succinctly summed up why hundreds of thousands of marcher met Saturday in common cause, there were also the touchstone comments of many others, including the 7-year-old girl in Washington who stood in front of the podium to simply proclaim she was exhausted of hiding in dark closets in her school room during active shooter drills.

When Max Johnson was eight years old in elementary school, she learned that a student had brought a gun to the middle school.

"We march today and tomorrow for our lives", Speller said.

Michael McBride, director of the advocacy campaign Live Free, recently wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post, saying "The ears of our nation have still not been trained to hear the prophetic voices of poor youths of color".

It's encouraging to see a generation exercising its rights and seeking a solution to the rash of mass shootings. O'Shea and Fanous, along with several speakers at the event, highlighted the prevalence of gun violence specifically in Chicago.

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"Me and my friend Carter led a walkout at our elementary school on the 14th", she said, referring to the National School Walkout that took place on March 14. Modifying our gun laws to make it harder for certain individuals to attain guns and making certain types of guns completely inaccessible is just a start. "More than 17." "Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go". What happens if we end up being the next school? But attention surrounding gun violence tragedies is disproportionately directed to majority-white towns as opposed to inner-city communities, where gun violence is rarely given a second thought by those outside the community. Williams said lawmakers should ban bump stocks and silencers. I think the teachers need a lot more than guns.

"Why, with all the vast resources that we have and all of the brainpower that we've got, can't we do something about gun violence in this country?" he added. It also focuses on providing funds for the use of metal detectors and "inserting mental health professionals" in schools.

Many of those in attendance just wanted something to be done.

"It's gone through every student's head at this point", Donald said.

According to US Congress, Fix NICS, or National Instant Criminal Background Check System, concentrates on thorough reporting for thorough records. He is from is Nigeria.

Students from elementary through high school age carried signs they had made themselves: "I should be writing college essays, not my will"; "When I said I'd rather die than go to geometry - that was hyperbole".

"I think we're losing the public ... I don't believe in bulletproof backpacks", said Chalis Montgomery, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congressional District 10.

Those numbers will come as no surprise to you or me, and probably as no surprise to lefties either.

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