Three marches Saturday in Mississippi will join a national call for lawmakers to address gun violence and pass gun control measures.
Demonstrations are scheduled in Jackson at the Mississippi State Capitol, Oxford City Hall and Fairpark in downtown Tupelo, each from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They will be held in conjunction with marches in Washington DC and across the country. for March For Our Lives.
March For Our Lives was formed in 2018 as a student-led organization after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff were killed.
That year, students from the school and from across the country came to Washington to demonstrate and call for gun control measures.
Saturday’s marches were timed in response to the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in which 17 students and teachers were killed, according to March For Our Lives.
Since the group’s 2018 rally, there have been countless incidents of gun violence and a lack of gun control to prevent shootings, according to the organization.
So far this year, there have been 251 mass shootings in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which counts incidents of gun violence and crime on a daily basis and verifies them. Five of this year’s mass shootings occurred in Mississippi.
A mass shooting is defined as four or more people shot or killed during a single incident at the same time and place, not including the shooter.
In 2022, there have been 450 school shootings in the county, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Five to have It happened in Mississippi this year.
People who wish to participate are requested to register on the Jackson, Oxford and Tupelo pages. You can find information about other marches here.