Thousands of teens have descended on Florida’s capital Tallahassee to call for tougher gun control laws, after 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.
Busloads of survivors of the shooting joined the crowd as the group marched on the State House.
The scene at the Capitol in Tallahassee pic.twitter.com/lcJJgRzPA3— Steve Bousquet (@stevebousquet) February 21, 2018
With chants including “Vote them out” and “This is what democracy looks like”, their message was clear: there’s no reason lawmakers should permit ownership of semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15, which was used in the school shooting.
Student Jenna Waldman told the crowd “You shouldn’t have to go to school fearing for your life every day. You should have to go to school worrying about your tests and your school supplies.”
A huge crowd of teens exiting Union Station and heading to the Capitol to call for action on gun violence pic.twitter.com/5VVWGFTGij— Zoë Carpenter (@ZoeSCarpenter) February 21, 2018
The protest comes only a day after the Florida State House voted down a motion to hear a bill banning the sale of rifles like the AR-15. Today’s protestors, many of whom are just about to hit voting age, seem unlikely to forget that inaction when the next election rolls around.
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