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Thousands of Protesters in DC, Across the US for Gun Control

  • March for Our Lives was founded by teens who survived the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida.
  • Some 40,000 people demonstrated under gray skies and light rain in Washington, DC, according to organizers.
  • In Kentucky, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told the crowd that gun violence “must stop and can stop.”

WASHINGTON — Thousands of people rallied Saturday in the nation’s capital and across the country to advocate for tougher gun control laws after a recent spate of mass shootings, including in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers they were killed in a school, and in Buffalo, New York, where 10 black people were attacked in a grocery store.

About 40,000 people showed up in DC, according to the organizers, and daytime protests were also planned in major cities, including New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. About 300 people showed up to protest in West Melbourne, Florida, and about 400 people marched through Old Town in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The March for Our Lives events come four years after the organization was founded by teens who survived the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. That year, more than 1 million people demonstrated in Washington.

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