Thousands of Chicago students fed up with gun violence demand 'real change

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And in Parkland, Florida, where the shooting that became the catalyst for the marches took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Anishka Milleret pushed a wheelchair through the grass and up and down the small hillocks at Pine Trail Park to make sure her children were present at the city's rally.

Students from the school led rallies attended by hundreds of thousands of people in the nation's capital and other US cities. "If you have to go to school, or some sort of institution, and you don't feel safe what's the point?" Moreno, who received a round of applause after flaunting her "F" rating from the NRA, said she received pushback from the NRA for attempts to prevent people convicted of stalking from possessing firearms, among other measures.

Hudson, appearing tearful as she concluded her appearance, was backed by members of a Washington choir and survivors of the February 14 Parkland, Florida, high school shooting.

For numerous students at the march, this will be their first year voting after they turn 18. "So even if we're just saying it, at least we're saying it".

A mother embraces her daughter at a protest against gun violence on Saturday. "We need to do something about the issue of gun violence and the epidemic of mass shootings in our country".

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Gun violence was fresh for some in the Washington crowd: Ayanne Johnson of Great Mills High School in Maryland held a sign declaring, "I March for Jaelynn", honoring Jaelynn Willey, who died Thursday two days after being shot by a classmate at the school.

Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said that over 800 "sibling marches" are planned around the world.

"This is how it begins", Police Chief Troy Oswald said motioning out over the crowd. Every single person in this country is just as vulnerable to gun violence as the next.

Meantime, dozens of protesters are rallying outside the US Embassy in Britain in solidarity with the "March for Our Lives" protest. City Council President Jason Williams also took on "pro life" advocates who don't extend that sentiment to students.

"This is more than we should be asking from our kids", she said.

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The demonstrations were the most recent demand for gun reform from the student-led political movement that formed in the month since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT, where 20 elementary school children were shot dead in 2012, told AFP the student-led movement needs to become an "electoral force, and this march may be the beginning of that". "People kill people", said Connor Humphrey, 16, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., who was visiting Washington with his family for spring break.

"We have to stand up for ourselves and nobody else is going to do it anymore", Beg tells NEWS 1130.

"Our main message is we are not going to be quiet, we will keep fighting", she said. "And so our job tomorrow is to support them as they step forward because I think they are key players in this movement".

"We need to follow their example", Chen said, "to show the legislators that we want change". "There's that argument that 'those weapons in New Orleans used on streets are illegally obtained", she said.

Asked what he hoped could be accomplished by the event, McCartney opened his jacket to show the slogan emblazoned on his black T-shirt: "We can end gun violence".

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