Tens of Thousands Rally Across United States for Stricter Gun Laws

Ten of thousands of protesters rallied across the United States on Saturday to call for stricter gun laws following recent deadly mass shootings.

March For Our Lives, a gun safety organization that survivors of the Parkland school shooting in Florida founded in 2018, said about 450 rallies took place across the country, including Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

March For Our Lives (MFOL) said political leaders’ inaction was ‘killing Americans’.

“We will no longer allow you to sit back while people continue to die,” said Trevon Bosley, an MFOL board member.

Participants in the hundreds of rallies carried slogans that read, ‘I want freedom from getting shot’.

“As we gather here today, the next shooter is already plotting his attack while the federal government pretends it can do nothing to stop it,” David Hogg, a survivor of the 2021 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, told a crowd at a rally in Washington, DC.

David Hogg told BBC that the killings of children in Uvalde ‘should fill us with rage and demands for change, not endless debate, but demands for change, now.’

US President Joe Biden supported the protests, calling on Congress to ‘pass common-sense gun safety legislation’.

“Today, young people around the country once again march with @AMarch4OurLives to call on Congress to pass common-sense gun safety legislation, supported by the majority of Americans and gun owners,” Biden said in a tweet.

The protests were held in response to the deadly mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, a supermarket shooting in Buffalo, New York, and a shooting at a Taiwanese-American church in Southern California, all of which happened within a month.

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