USA-huge student march: Another one?

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A true flood of people gathered last Saturday in several cities of the United States and the world to demand greater control over firearms.

On this march, highly awaited, several media outlets sounded out people’s reaction and thus reported what happened.

For example, Los Angeles Times published that the demonstrators demanded a legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, like those used in Parkland and Las Vegas shootings in recent months.

Among the participants was 18-year-old student Enma Gonzalez, one of the representatives of the preparatory schools in Florida, who said from the podium: “Fight for your lives, before it’s someone else’s job”.

According to the publication, minutes earlier, she stood in silence during six minutes and twenty seconds, the time it took the gunman to carry out the massacre in Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida. In Los Angeles City, the demonstrators, carrying posters, denounced the National Rifle Association (NRA) and demanded changes.

There, student Giselle Jimenez, 17, held a sign reading: "Silly me, I didn’t know that not wanting children to be slaughtered by assault rifles was being political”.

Famous singer Paul McCartney was at the march in New York to honor his former bandmate and friend, John Lennon.

He attended the rally wearing a t-shirt with the slogan “We Can End Gun Violence", and told the CNN: “One of my best friends was murdered by gun violence right here, so this protest is important to me".

As it’s known, Lennon was shot to death on December 8, 1980, in front of his apartment in that city.

In New Orleans, the students too carrying posters criticized House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, seriously wounded in a shooting.

Olivia Keefe, 17, said “the gun-control legislation should not be a partisan issue; it is not about Democrats or Republicans at all… This is about common sense".

Media outlets estimated that the figures of the participants are inexact, because hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Washington.

The students from the Majory Stoneman Douglas High became survivors and political activists of this march that had a world response.

"Welcome to the revolution", said Cameron Kasky, one of the Parkland student organizers, in his speech aimed at members of Congress. And added: “We’re the change… Represent us or get out”.

Delaney Tarr, another Majory Stoneman Douglas High school student said: “We are a movement and we won’t stop!”.

On the other hand, Trump neither listened to the echo of the march nor the speeches by the students, because last Saturday, he was at his elegant West Palm Beach, Florida golf course, alongside his wife Melania.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

Last modified onThursday, 12 April 2018 09:27

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