Stay Amped concert raises money for gun violence prevention

25 March, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • March for Our Lives sign

Light was among the high school students, teachers and local leaders who spoke Saturday, March 24, during a local version of March for Our Lives that started with poster-making and a rally at Sanctuary Events Center, 670 Fourth Ave. N.

On Feb. 14, 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Nikolas Cruz as since been charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths, and Florida lawmakers have passed laws to raise the buying age for all guns to 21 and bolster school security.

"We want to make sure that we bless and respect the fact that we are on Kumeyaay land", he said. "We are firsthand witnesses to the kind of devastation that gross incompetence and political inaction can produce", wrote the students, who work for the Stoneman Douglas school newspaper The Eagle Eye.

Television images showed youthful marchers filling streets in cities across the United States including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and NY. We also have to empower the CDC to study gun violence by repealing the Dickey Amendment.

"We are not the future of our country, we are the country", she said. You are correct that numerous studies have shown firearm ownership has statistical ties to increases in violent crime and a number of NRA talking points, to a broad degree, have been challenged quite convincingly by a number of outlets and studies such as this one by Stanford researchers, which examines whether or not guns make us safer.

Organizers expect 5,000 to 10,000 people to attend the San Diego march, Elnakib said.


It was the latest in a series of school massacre shootings that have sparked debate over gun restrictions in a country where a citizen's right to bear arms is a bedrock constitutional liberty.

'One of my best friends was shot not far from here, he said, referring to Beatles bandmate John Lennon, who was gunned down near the park in 1980.

The protesters, many of them high school students, claim that the youth leadership of the initiative is what will set it apart from previous attempts to enact stronger gun-control legislation.

Washington University sophomore Vinith Ilavarsan said that a solution must come from Congress.

"It's these kids, yes, but it's our faith that helps us unite", Dorantes said.

In Boston, a group of about 25 counter-protesters gathered in front of the gold-domed MA statehouse to decry calls for tougher gun laws. Bump stocks were used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock to kill 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in recent United States history. Police did not provide crowd estimates, though by 1 p.m. about 207,000 people had ridden Metro, officials said.

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