Washington (February 20, 2018): Seventeen high school students lay down for three minutes in front of the White House on Monday to represent the lives lost during the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the amount of time it takes to buy a gun.
They were joined by several hundred protesters who demanded that lawmakers act to end gun violence during an emotional demonstration on Presidents’ Day.
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The rally comes amid a growing movement calling on US President Donald Trump and other lawmakers to strengthen US gun laws in the wake of one of the deadliest school shootings in the country’s history.At least 17 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday.
The protesters were reading out the names of victims of school shootings that have taken place in the US since 1999.“This could be a breaking point,” said Whitney Bowen, 16, an organizer of the D.C. protest. “We’re still just 16, but at least we’re old enough to have our voices be heard.”
Later, they turned to face the Trump White House and chanted, “Hey, hey NRA, how many kids did you kill today!” They also chanted, “We call bulls–t! We call bulls–t!”
“Why should we be allowed to live in fear, knowing that one day it could be any of us,” an irate teen screamed at the White House.