Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Thousands expected to rally against gun violence throughout Bay Area

A bump stock is attached to a semiautomatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan Utah A bump stock is attached to a semiautomatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan Utah
Isabel Fisher | 24 March, 2018, 17:00

The rally comes just over a year since the death of a 15-year-old student in East Flatbush and one day before students come together in Washington D.C.to "March for Our Lives" in protest of gun violence across the country, which was inspired by the deadly shootings in Parkland, Florida. "They're just trying to quiet us with a joke of a [proposal]".

Meek says it's a way to make their voices heard, but she says a key next step is improving access, for more people to do the same in the future. "Our youth-led movement can't just end with the walkout, it has to continue on, and this is the flawless opportunity for me to keep the momentum going". She says the march has a special significance for her.

Seven percent overall said the march would hurt the cause; 12 percent of Republicans, 7 percent of independents and 3 percent of Democrats agreed, along with 10 percent of gun owners.

Saturday's events include both marches and rallies. You are correct that numerous studies have shown firearm ownership has statistical ties to increases in violent crime and a number of NRA talking points, to a broad degree, have been challenged quite convincingly by a number of outlets and studies such as this one by Stanford researchers, which examines whether or not guns make us safer. "It should have been enough a long time ago, enough for people to start doing this amount of stuff". The protesters said they are done with the violence, whether it's school shootings, police shootings or gang violence.

The Riverside County events - in Riverside, Hemet, Coachella Valley, Idyllwild and Temecula - are among the more than 800 rallies taking place across the country.

Our Republican leaders have turned away from sensible gun-control legislation in schools by suggesting that teachers and other school personnel be armed, etc., authorizing $50 million to be spent for school safety.


It's expected to draw tens of thousands of people today to the streets of Washington, D.C.

March For Our Lives will help gauge whether students can sustain the momentum of their movement and push lawmakers to act.

"Decisions will be made the day of the march", Miramontez said.

Some students in Baltimore said they don't feel the need to take their concerns to Washington.

Keaura King said she thinks a lot of the problems are systemic - that many communities are underfunded, and without resources that could prevent violence.

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