The March for Our Lives that took place in Washington, D.C. and was lead by student activists from Parkland, Florida, was a movement never yet done before. With the gathering of hundreds of thousands of students and adults demanding for stricter gun control and victims from the Parkland shooting at Majority Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as 800 sibling marches worldwide, the message may have been clearer than ever: gun violence needs to stop.

“?My friend is worth more than your gun?” Students are calling for several measures, including banning assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks; mandating universal background checks; placing a minimum age of 21 on all gun purchases; implementing waiting periods between a gun purchase and gun transfers; and allowing families to petition a court to remove guns from individuals at risk of injuring themselves. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #student #students #kids #school #washingtondc #history #moment #marchforourlives #guns #guncontrol #dc #2018  #documentary #documentaryphotography #streetphotography #streetphoto #streetphotographer #resist  #photooftheday #streetportrait #neveragain #enough #street #protest  #streetstyle  #portrait #color #instagood #instalike @marchforourlives

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The March for Our Lives has five goals in their mission statement:

  1. Universal, comprehensive background checks
  2. Bring the ATF into the 21st century with a digitized, searchable database
  3. Funds for the Center for Disease Control to research the gun violence epidemic in America
  4. High-capacity magazine ban
  5. Assault weapons ban

To these ends, about two million US citizens joined hands on Mar. 24, a date specially chosen to give time for families to mourn the lives lost. The demonstration was conducted in joint efforts with the founders of the “Never Again” campaign who were also victims of the Stoneman Douglas Shooting. Celebrities and public figures like Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon, and Kanye West also actively supported the student-led movement with donations, speeches promoting the event, and physically attending the campaign. Likewise, the impact of the march extended globally to Rome, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Paris, Brisbane, and Madrid. Though fewer in numbers, the young activists and participants of the demonstration resembled the passion for change as their counterparts in Washington.

The political climate was influenced as a result to the March for Our Lives. The White House commended the rallies for their courage and announced that the Department of Justice “issued the rule to ban bump stocks following through on the President’s commitment to ban devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.” Furthermore, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn showed efforts to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Despite this endorsement, there was little response from President Trump, who had spent the morning of Mar. 24 at the Trump International golf club stationed in Palm Beach, Florida. Should there be further enforcement of gun-control laws, the stance of the president must be in accordance with the students’. Consequently, though the physical movement has ended, the spirited and fervent sentiments of the student activists are still rallying for their voice to be heard.

 

Sources:

Ahmed, Saeed. “Here Is the White House Response to March for Our Lives.” CNN, Cable News Network, 24 Mar. 2018, edition.cnn.com/2018/03/24/politics/white-house-response-to-march-trnd/index.html.

“Mission Statement.” March for Our Lives, marchforourlives.com/mission-statement/+.

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