Thousands teenager march in US against gun violence

NEW DELHI March 25, 2018: Thousands of teenagers and their supporters on Saturday marched across the US against gun violence. They promised to transform fear and grief into a “vote-them-out” movement and press tougher laws against weapons and ammunitions, said media reports.

They demonstrated on the streets of New York and cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Oakland, California.

They were called to action by a brand-new corps of leaders: Student survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 persons dead on February 14.

Media reports said by all appearances there were no official numbers of ‘Washington’s March for Our Lives’ rally, however, it was no less than the women’s march last year that drew far more than the predicted 300,000.

The National Rifle Association went silent on Twitter as the protests unfolded, in contrast to its reaction to the nationwide school walkouts against gun violence March 14, when it tweeted a photo of an assault rifle and the message “I’ll control my own guns, thank you.”

President Donald Trump was in Florida for the weekend and did not weigh in on Twitter either, said media reports.

White House spokesman Zach Parkinson said: “We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today.” He pointed to Trump’s efforts to ban bump stocks and his support for school-safety measures and extended background checks for gun purchases, said media reports.

Since the bloodshed in Florida, students have tapped into a current of gun control sentiment that has been building for years — yet still faces a powerful foe in the NRA, its millions of supporters and lawmakers who have resisted any encroachment on gun rights.

Organisers are hoping the electricity of the crowds, their sheer numbers and the under-18 roster of speakers will create a tipping point, starting with the midterm congressional elections this fall. To that end, chants of “Vote them out!” rang through the Washington crowd.