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Thousands Of Florida Students Gather At State Capitol Demanding Gun Control
They've gone from survivors to activists.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in last week’s horrific school shooting, are now at Florida’s state capitol demanding action on gun reform. Other teens are joining them, creating a large crowd at the capitol building.
Teenagers across America are also following the students’ lead. Students from Maryland have walked out of their classrooms and are headed to US Capitol to demand gun control. More marches and walkouts are planned for the upcoming months, including a larger National School Walkout on March 14 and the March for Our Lives for March 24.
"We are the students, we are the victims, we are change, fight gun violence now!" student organizers wrote in regard to one such event. "High School students across the U.S.A, the way to fight back is here. There has been too much complacency on the part of politicians when it comes to gun violence. The time to act is now!"
Today’s giant march comes just one day after another walkout, when hundreds of Florida students organized a moment of silence before heading to the streets to walk miles toward Parkland to the site of the massacre. Since the attack, many students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have become activists, and several have become outspoken about gun control.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High junior Cameron Kasky told CNN, "Here's a time to talk about gun control: March 24. My message for the people in office is: You're either with us or against us. We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around."