Thousands of people marched on Tallahassee to demand gun control measures following the school shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Politico reports that the organizers of the "Never Again" rally have set up dozens of meetings between students and lawmakers including Florida governor Rick Scott.
The rally comes the day after Florida lawmakers failed to advance legislation that would have banned assault rifles in the state, stunning many students who showed up to make their voices heard. Olivia Feller, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, told Politico she was disappointed that the vote in favor of the ban was not even close.
“It was just so disappointing it wasn’t even close,” she said. She said she wants to ask legislative leaders, “which do you value more: guns or kids' lives?”
71 lawmakers voted against the bill while only 36 voted in favor of it.
The students promised to lead the effort to vote lawmakers out of office who refuse to act to curb gun violence in the country. 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attended the rally, and some gave emotional speeches to the crowd. Laura Allen asked, "Mr. President, how much is my life worth to you?" She then wondered, "what should I tell my mother when she asks if I will return home from school today?"
Students across the country also joined in by staging walkouts and protests of their own. A group of students marched to the White House and held a rally outside holding signs and demanding President Trump and members of Congress pass gun control legislation.
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