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#MarchForYourLives: Millions of Americans March For Stricter Gun Control Laws Across America

#MarchForYourLives: Millions of Americans March For Stricter Gun Control Laws Across America

With an estimated crowd of 800,000 to1 Million people alone at the March for Your Lives protest in Washington, DC, millions of Americans took to the streets yesterday from Key West, Florida to Seattle, Washington to show support for stricter gun control laws and the removal of NRA lobbyist influence in our nations capital.

The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest protests in history,

In the wake of a Valentine’s Day shooting that killed 17, of their fellow classmates the teens pulled all-nighters, scheduled speakers, petitioned city councils, rented stages and walked march routes with police to show Washington politics, especially Republicans that America has had enough.

The event in Washington drew a mix people across the age and race spectrum and also entertainers, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, and Common. George Clooney, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg attended, along with other celebrities like Cher. A number of industry figures donated to the event, including Clooney, Katzenberg, Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

One of the most powerful moments happened when Emma Gonzalez, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who has been one of the leaders of the activist effort that has followed the mass shooting, paused during her speech until six minutes, 20 seconds had elapsed since she started it. That was the length of time it took the shooter to kill 17 victims at the high school. As she said nothing, the crowd stayed silent, save for a brief chant of, “Never again.”

No politicians spoke at the event, and the musicians who appeared largely kept their statements to messages contained within their music.

Instead, the roster of speakers were almost entirely students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School high school and other teenagers who have been impacted by gun violence. They included youth from inner-city schools and neighborhoods where shootings are rampant but get little national media attention.

“I have a dream that enough is enough. And that this should be a gun-free world, period,” said Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr., who was killed by an assassin 50 years ago on April 4.

“If you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking,” said David Hogg, another Parkland student who helped organize the march.

He added, “We’re going to make this the voting issue. We’re going to take this to every election, to every state, and every city.”

A video during the event showed NRA officials, like Wayne LaPierre and Dana Loesch, as well as Charlton Heston, then the president of the organizations, saying, “From my cold dead hands.” In the crowd the images drew boos and screams from the crowd.

Thw D.C. march ended with Jennifer Hudson singing “The Times They Are a Changin,” Bob Dylan’s standard that was an anthem of the protest era of the 1960’s.


Paul McCartney Marches In Memory of John Lennon at March for Our Lives New York - Video

Paul McCartney Marches In Memory of John Lennon at March for Our Lives New York – Video

Musical legend Paul McCartney stood with hundreds of thousand fellow other marches across the country today who are taking a stand against gun violence and the NRA

The former Beatle told CNN Saturday that he is participating in the New York March for Our Lives rally to honor his late, former bandmate John Lennon.

“One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here,” McCartney told the news station. “So it’s important to me.”

McCartney, 75, also said he wanted to support the people at the march, which aims to end gun violence by advocating for gun control.

“I don’t know if we can end gun violence,” he said. “But this is what we can do, so I’m here to do it.”

WATCH The Woman's March On Washington LIVE @ Back2Stonewall.com

WATCH: The Woman’s March On Washington Broadcast LIVE @ Back2Stonewall.com

Over half a million people at the last count have descended on Washington DC the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president. 

The march in Washington, D.C., kicks off with a rally at 10 a.m. EST. Organizers plan for the march proper to begin at 1:15 p.m., and it is expected to proceed from its starting place near the U.S. Capitol to its proposed endpoint near the Washington Monument.

As the crowd gathers outside the National Museum of the American Indian, on the National Mall.

If there was any REAL LGBT leadership in this country following the Woman’s March today which we should all be supporting. There should have been an LGBT march on Sunday Morning. But of course the Human Rights Campaign is missing in action as usual and the LGBT Task Force is holding its annual cash cow The Creating Change Conference which creates no change except to that of the Task Force’s bank accounts and allows those who attend to protest each other in the safety of a hotel instead of hitting the streets and protesting our real enemies.

Courage my brothers and sisters and fight.  Stand up and fight for your rights and for your lives.