Parkland hit way too close to home, but it was the wake-up call I desperately needed.
Word somehow spread that Southwest Airlines had offered to fly Parkland survivors to the Washington march for free, but the company told us that's not the case.
As part of the Reform Movement and an alumna of NFTY - The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, Dolgin was part of a strong Jewish contingent that turned out Saturday morning.
It's unclear how many counter-rallies might take place. As soon as my friends and I realized the seriousness of the situation, we began running for our lives.
One such even is also taking place here in Vancouver at 10:00 a.m.
From Washington, DC to San Francisco, from London to Tel Aviv, Americans marched not only for the lives lost in Parkland, Florida, but also the 58 lives cut short in Las Vegas.
According to Biller, 842 March for Our Lives marches were expected to happen Saturday in every state and across the globe. "They are motivated, they are not going to let us forget what is at stake with Americans and gun violence, and specifically for our students and school safety".
"Being Catholic, I believe that everyone has a right to life no matter who they are", Garcia said.
MA law, for example, prohibits ownership of assault rifles, requires background check by gun shops, and bars "mentally defective" individuals from gun ownership. "But enough is enough", Kate Wheatley said.
Pop star Paul McCartney was among the marchers, telling CNN that he had a personal stake in gun control.
News reports of deadly mass shootings such as those seen in Las Vegas in 2017, which resulted in the death of 59 concertgoers, and the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, which left 50 dead have littered both global and domestic news outlets for the last half decade and called many citizens to take up camps and declare their views of gun control versus the Second Amendment Right right to bear arms.
They have been met with resistance from the National Rifle Association and gun rights advocates. Activists are demanding that lawmakers consider higher age restrictions and stricter background checks for people buying guns, among other measures. REI, Kroger's, LL Bean, and Walmart have also instituted new retail policies regarding firearms.
Keaton Conner, a junior at Marshall County High School who has participated in multiple protests and rallies at the state capitol, emphasizes that she is not trying to take anyone's guns away. Markey asks Azar whether the CDC can use money from its existing budget for the gun violence research or whether it needs to request additional funding from Congress.
"I've been passionate about this for a very long time. It's just making our schools and communities safer". Tim Kaine, along with several students, are scheduled to speak at the event. "I really like the idea of different permits and different hoops you have to jump through for the different kind of guns", she says. "We need to bring the Church's voice into this and I want you people of faith to have a voice in this conversation".