Florida students to march on Washington in call for gun reform



Students who survived a mass shooting at their Florida school announced plans today to march on Washington in a bid to “shame” lawmakers into reforming laws that make powerful firearms readily available.

The “March for our Lives” will take place on March 24, with sister marches planned across the country, a group of students told ABC News, vowing to make Wednesday’s shooting a turning point in America’s deadlocked debate on gun control.

Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a troubled former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has confessed to killing 17 people with a legally-purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, the latest such atrocity in a country plagued by gun violence.

Among the students announcing the march was Emma Gonzalez, who captured worldwide attention with a powerful speech in which she assailed President Donald Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby, and vowed Stoneman Douglas would be “the last mass shooting.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez reacts during her speech at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US. AFP PHOTO

On Sunday, the 18-year-old Gonzalez urged politicians to join a conversation about gun control — citing Trump as well as Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott, who are fellow Republicans.

“We want to give them the opportunity to be on the right side of this,” she said, as she and her four classmates called on students nationwide to help push the message across.

Singling out the links between politicians and the powerful National Rifle Association, fellow student Cameron Kasky said any politician “who is taking money from the NRA is responsible for events like this.”

“This isn’t about the GOP,” he said, referring to the Republican Party. “This isn’t about the Democrats.”

Accusing the NRA of “fostering and promoting this gun culture,” Kasky said the students sought to “create a new normal where there’s a badge of shame on any politician who’s accepting money from the NRA.”

“People keep asking us, what about the Stoneman Douglas shooting is going to be different, because this has happened before and change hasn’t come?” said Kasky.

“This is it.



15 Responses to Florida students to march on Washington in call for gun reform

  1. Alex Alleyne February 18, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    If the guy was BLACK he would be on a cold slab on the morgue with his body like Swiss cheese. Remember the other gun wheeling one who went into the church and killed quite a few. The arresting officers took him to a fast food joint on his way to the station to get something to eat. In doing all this maybe they pat him on his back and said , Well done,You are truly one of us.

    • Jennifer February 18, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      ok. Do u know the police took him to burger king after.

    • Spectre February 18, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      How did this become a matter of race?

      • Jennifer February 19, 2018 at 5:21 am

        Because IT IS. Saying this no one should have to suscome to a death by a gunman or other psychopath. a

  2. jrsmith February 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    This is an American problem , they must sort it out …… So many people is been shot , but it doesn’t matter to most Americans all they are saying, they have the constitutional right to bear arms…… This is a country with a constitution , bill of rights and civil rights ….. Does it work for everyone ????????????????????..

  3. jrsmith February 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Donald Trump as like lots of Americans , if you are a white shooter , you are mental , if you are a black , you are a black man with a gun and a gang member…… Then as a black person you become target practice for the police…………..

    • Jennifer February 19, 2018 at 5:28 am

      This whole gun thing is a WOT. The big boys/kkk ain’t putting down Their guns. America is a hub for all wickedness.

  4. Alex Alleyne February 18, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Police chief said (he) the shooter was treated to “Burgers and Fries”.

  5. Ossie Moore February 18, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    all true , but let’s face the facts here . Why wast time here discussing America’s gun problem when time should be spent discussing the gun problem in Barbados ?

    Is something missing here ? ? ?

  6. Ossie Moore February 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Barbados Today : Florida students to march on Washington in call for gun reform
    Added by Sandy Deane on February 18, 2018.
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    Ossie : Okay ! That’s one of the top headlines today.

    When will we see the following top headline in The barbados Today :


  7. Ossie Moore February 18, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    jrsmith says : ” This is an American problem , they must sort it out ”

    Ossie : That’s perfectly right jrsmith , and America is outraged , they are talking and they are marching , but what are bajans about problems in Barbados ? they are doing what they normally do . . . trying to be the World’s Police Chief by having all of the solutions to the world’s problems . . … except their own problems in Barbados.

    Everything is wrong with America , everything is wrong with Trinidad , Jamaica , Guyana , Venezuela , Canada , Great Britain etc. But the only thing wrong with buhbados is the BLP and the DLP.

    In buhbados there is gun and gang violence , bad economy , lousy health care , deteriorating enviornment , bad highways , growing prostitution , but yet still Barbadians have all the solutions to the problems of the world.

    • Jennifer February 19, 2018 at 5:15 am

      March, I hope you know you are dealing with two very different types of people.

    • Jennifer February 19, 2018 at 5:19 am

      All you talking Ossie, no one ain’t interested in them things. Just the trend of the day. This is a paradise and fantasy place you forget.

  8. hcalndre February 19, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Ossie Moore; bajans hide under their bed and talk when its a bajan problem and is very quick to condemn other countries as you said. America is the whipping boy for many bajans even those who have never even ride a train there. Last week on the debates a DLP politician was saying how nasty other places are and he wont call any names, then he had a change of mind and belch out Florida, they have seen bigger pot holes, more sh—-t flowing in the streets, worse living conditions, more hungry people, better health care in barbados and when they stump a toe its NY or Miami. Another DLP politician said that he know people that have to send money to the US for their relatives because they are doing so bad, there is much, much more to that story. America is not perfect, but they can take care of their disasters and problems.

  9. jrsmith February 19, 2018 at 5:55 am

    @, hncalndre , hail, hail, good shot right on the button , bajans hide under the bed and talk, about bajan problems ……. That’s why we are always having the cart before the horse , that’s why our politicians do as they like , people are scared of the politicians and more scared of they party friends and scared of saying the right things in public………..
    We in Barbados don’t need guns reform , we need to get the illegal guns out of our daily lives and punish heavily the people who is caught with them………
    I grew up in Barbados seeing a double barrel shot gun, in the corner of my grand fathers house, use for shooting rabbits and rats and was warned not to touch it , what make me smile seeing how important the gun is to young black men in Barbados today ……. Very frightening


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