Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in Washington, D.C. and across the nation yesterday, calling for stricter gun control laws. The main event began in Washington, D.C. at 12 p.m. ET and is was mainly led by high school students hoping to enact stronger gun legislation.
David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and one of the main leaders for the March for Our Lives protest movement, said protesters are “going to make this the voting issue.”
Voter registration booths were set up at many of the events and organizers hope to send a strong message during the November midterm elections.
@CountdownToVote Today, we start…. Register to vote NOW.
"Change needs to happen and it starts with educating my generation on the power of a vote!" – Chloe Murphy Eleventh Grade Student pic.twitter.com/RUwoZLJTCq
— Countdown To Vote (@CountdownToVote) March 24, 2018
The National Rifle Association and it’s powerful lobby remained mostly silent yesterday. CNN reports:
As of mid-afternoon on the East Coast, when most of the marches were over, the National Rifle Association had yet to post a single tweet — about the marches or anything else.
It was a notable contrast from March 14, the day students across the country walked out of school to demand action on gun violence. On that day, the NRA tweeted 13 times — including one that contained an image of an AR-style rifle along with the message, “I’ll control my own guns, thank you.”
Many protestors and supporters of the movement have shown their support online as well.
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) March 24, 2018
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) March 25, 2018
Hartford CT March for our Lives pic.twitter.com/QbyVfL2hJK
— Vicki Bernstein (@BernsteinVicki) March 24, 2018
— Samantha Gierer (@yodagirl7) March 24, 2018
In London, protesters gathered outside of the U.S. Embassy in solidarity with the U.S. protests holding posters that read ”Never Again” and “Enough is Enough.”
Several counter protesters are also happening, such as the pro-gun rally, March Before Our Lives, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where gun-rights activists shouted “freedom” in opposition to gun legislation.
— Rafael Garcia (@iitsRafael) March 25, 2018
If you’re a money-grabbin’ politician who stands with the #NRA or any other Russian backed group or person,
— W Smith Ω 😎 Fire The GOP-Impeach Trump (@WesSmith123) March 25, 2018
— Robert Rosenthal (@PCC_Car) March 24, 2018
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