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Parkland Shooting Survivor Aalayah Eastmond Announces Gun Control Rally Going To Trump Tower

The rally on June 2 will start at Trump International Tower in Manhattan and proceed to Trump Tower.

By Jon Silman

The movement for stronger gun control is coming to Trump Tower.

A Parkland shooting survivor joined the weekly rally for The Rev. Al  Sharpton's National Action Network to announce a June gun control rally in Manhattan that will end at Trump Tower.

Aalayah Eastmond, 16, recalled how she thought it was a Valentine's Day prank when bullets shattered the glass of her classroom door at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Then, she said, she saw red all over the floor.  

"I thought it was a paintball gun," she said of the shooting that would leave 17 people dead, according to the New York Daily News.

But when she saw a classmate slumped over, she knew it was real. She said she had to cover herself with a dead classmate to survive. 

Eastmond revealed that 15 years ago, she lost an uncle to gun violence in Brooklyn.

"So for it to happen to me, in my face, that just shows that change has to happen now," she said.

Eastmond, who is black, pointed out that she and other black Parkland survivors haven't received as much media attention as non-black classmates, such as David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez. 

“You see the same students being recycled on the news,” she said. “We’re working towards our voices out there more."

 Sharpton praised Eastmond for speaking out after surviving a massacre just weeks ago.

“If she, with all that trauma, can stand up and fight then you ought to stand up with her,” he told the crowd.

The rally on June 2 will start at Trump International Tower in Manhattan and proceed to Trump Tower, where the president has a penthouse apartment. It will come less than three months after the March for our Lives, a gun control demonstration led by Parkland students that drew more than a million people in Washington D.C. and hundreds of other cities worldwide. 

[Photo: Getty] 

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