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Virginia cities to join Saturday's March For Our Lives

25 March 2018

Led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a shooter's rampage last month left 17 dead, the teens who took the stage at the March for Our Lives in downtown Washington called for Congress to enact stricter gun controls in response to the nation's relentless, two-decade stretch of campus shootings. "Anyone who travels to the USA or has family and friends in the U.S. could be impacted by gun violence in America, and many already have been", said organizer Bodil Geyer, an American living in Vancouver.

Supporters are honoring the 17 people who died in the Parkland, Florida shooting.

More than 800 marches are planned in cities across America and dozens of locations overseas to be held at roughly the same time.

The congressman further called on the NRA to "stop frightening the American people that we're all out there to take away the Second Amendment".

The March for our Lives rally will start at 10 a.m.at Jack Poole Plaza, where students will make speeches.

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'Anybody who's in high school right now has been growing up on school violence, he said.

"I want to work so hard that politicians have to listen to us because we are future voters", she said. Protesters will walk to the US consulate before returning to the plaza. "I think there are a lot of potential solutions, including closing loopholes for gun shows, ensuring universal background checks and ensuring that criminals have no access to firearms".

Dorantes told Crux that the Sunday after the Parkland shooting - which occurred on Ash Wednesday - he dedicated his homily to the subject of gun violence and the havoc it's wreaked on both the nation and his parish's own neighborhood.

'Regardless if I can vote or not, it (gun violence) is the most important issue affecting me and the most important issue in the country right now, Dutcher said. I see the friends I went to school with, my parents' colleagues, my public school teachers and track coaches. She said she wanted to help city kids interested in the movement but without the means to get to D.C.to participate in the rally.

"We're going to try and make a statement", said local organizer and Tunstall High School senior Blake Mitchell.

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"We as people of faith and people that have experienced the suffering caused by high power rifles, it was our time to speak up also and join the people of Florida", he said.

"I think it's a little ridiculous", Benjamin Johnson, 21, from NY, said of the March for Our Lives event.

I was 14 years old on the day of the shooting - the same age as seven of the murdered students.

Great Mills students, wearing their green-and-gold school colors, were among those thronging the main stage Saturday afternoon.

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Virginia cities to join Saturday's March For Our Lives