This school district's 'solution' to gun violence is arming students with rocks

Naomi Wadler took the stage at Saturday's March for Our Lives in Washington with one message Black girls have been left out of the gun violence conversation for too long

Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke at the Tranquility Park event Saturday morning, one of several anti-gun rallies being held across the USA on Saturday in response to last month's school shooting in Florida and other mass shootings. On Saturday, March 24th, Utah students will march from West High School to the State Capitol from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m.

On Feb. 14, 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

I want to be optimistic about these political changes, but the sad fact is, there have already been 71 people killed or injured in school shootings this year.

"Alyssa's death surely impacted my smaller world comprised of Camp Coleman campers and alumni", Dolgin, who grew up in Tampa, Florida, said.

"To see their kids really put into action their free speech that is inspired by their faith, and that it's their church that is encouraging them to go out, that's what we're trying to highlight", he said.

Television images showed youthful marchers filling streets in cities across the United States including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and NY.

The national march's website says 838 marches, rallies and related events will occur Saturday.

"Parkland becoming a global example of gun violence further impacted me, as it's a place where I've celebrated numerous Jewish holidays and traditions; it's where I met some of my closest friends through NFTY".

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"We're going to try and make a statement", said local organizer and Tunstall High School senior Blake Mitchell.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend.

She said it was time for elected officials in Washington to take heed of the anger and activism that has seized the country in recent weeks.

"Through a series of events, we learned that we were not welcome", Robinson said.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 300 people had indicated on the March For Our Lives Ottawa Facebook page they would be taking part in the rally.

Students also led a powerful die-in - they called out the familiar names of locations of mass or school shootings - Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland - and members of the audience laid down, representing those who had died. Their job is to monitor interactions between protesters and law enforcement. I remember feeling relieved when a police officer appeared on the opposite side of the fence and reassured us that he was there to protect us.

As for the timing: We knew seeing guns would have a visceral impact on people, and we anticipated some would see it as "tone-deaf".

The local March for Our Lives will take place on Main Street starting at 10 a.m. Participants will gather at the First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St., before setting out.

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