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Students: March for Our Lives rallies to build momentum for midterms

30 March, 2018, 08:03 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Saturday night, after the march ended, Gonzalez took to Twitter to explain that her speech and the moment of silence combined clocked in at about 6 minutes and 30 seconds.

"In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured, and everyone-absolutely everyone in the Douglas community-was forever altered", she began her speech.

Gonzalez was one of numerous survivors of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who led the "March for Our Lives" event on Saturday in Washington.

Eventually, after time passed, González spoke again.

In a Facebook post Sunday, U.S. Representative Steve King's campaign made light of the appearance of Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez in a meme, mocking her Cuban heritage.

"Its about making them feel better, and making them feel more supported and working to help them so they can have more courage to go to the government and get their gun legislation", the sixth-grader explained in an interview beforehand.

More than 800 demonstrations were scheduled in the United States and overseas, according to coordinators, with events as far afield as London, Mauritius, Stockholm and Sydney.

Others said that for pro-gun advocates to stoop to writing brazen lies about the Parkland survivors, the movement must be doing something right.


On Saturday, she was wearing ripped jeans full of holes and a green army jacket covered with patches and pins.

After Fuentes' speech, many tweeted words of encouragement.

As her timer went off, she continued: 'Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds.

Conservatives, who have often asserted high school students have limited understanding and legitimacy in the gun debate, have taken a shining to the Parkland student.

His argument has been bolstered by the NRA, which has published videos decrying Hogg's use of explicit language and suggesting his activist classmates would be unknown if they were still alive, and saved by a gun-carrying officer.

Most people see a political plot behind the march. "Let's keep the guns out of the hands of the wrong people and keep them in the hands of the safe and reasonable", she said.

Last week, González, 18, wrote an op-ed in the teen magazine where she calls for stricter gun laws following the Valentine's Day shooting that killed 17.

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