Students Demand for Stiffer Gun Control, as Celebrities Keep Donating
Following Valentine’s Day tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a teenager conducted a mass shooting spree, killing several people and injuring others in the process, a special walk program was organized by students to remember the day and voice out their opinions on the control of guns.
The march was tagged ‘March for Our Lives,’ and it consisted mainly of students. The campaign was targeted at gathering massive support for advocacy on control of guns. The rally commenced a few days after the massacre at the premises of Marjory High School in Parkland, Florida,
The major goal of ‘March for Our Lives’ awareness walk can be seen as a way of speaking for one’s survival and safety. The event was held on the 24th of March, and the venue was Washington, D.C. More than 800 similar programs were also organized all over the US and worldwide, and these rallies were fully-supported by various student bodies from across America.
The Big Impact
However, the key initiator of the program was ‘Never Again MSD’ which also partnered with ‘Everytown for Gun Safety’, a non-profit association. In a statement released by the organizers detailing their mission, the rally was geared at requesting for a clear and action-driven bill which should be taken to the presence of the Congress as soon as possible, to solve gun problems.
Several people and the media have referred to the Parkland mass killing as something that points at the urgency of gun regulation and lawmaking.
The aftermath of the February 14 tragedy had encouraged millions of students to launch an advocacy for better gun regulation. Among them are two members who are students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas School, where the incidence occurred. They explained that their awareness advocacy had been well-disseminated through the use of the internet, political method, and crowdfunding.
In the US alone, more than 1.3 million demonstrators trooped out to lend their voices to the security issue, while many other students worldwide climbed the bandwagon. They rode bikes, seated inside buses and cars. Some even flew airplanes as they headed to the country’s capital, Washington, D.C. By Saturday, they already planned to assemble in droves of thousands at Washington D.C. to drive home their points and express their plight.
The Youths Have Spoken
The demonstrators pleaded for underground investigations on every sales of guns globally, increasing the required minimum age for gun possession and proprietary to 21 years, shutting down the flaws in the ceremony that showcases guns, a recovery of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban designed in 1994, and a total prohibition on all marketing and transactions of every sophisticated magazines within America.
The estimated population of demonstrators who came out was close to 2 million citizens in America alone, and that attendance made history in the country as an event ranked among the biggest ones ever.
This landmark program did not only attract activists from all around the world, but also many celebrities and other high-profile figures who are showing their love for the brave youths. Among them were George Clooney and his wife, Amal, who donated cash to the movement. Not willing to be left out, the media guru, Jeffrey Katzenberg, the talk show host and media entrepreneur, Oprah Winfrey, along with Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg who have also joined hands to help the students achieve their goals, by donating big to the initiative.
Speaking on her pledge after the Clooneys declared their intentions to financially support ‘March for Our Lives’, Winfrey said that she totally aligned herself with the couple, and she’s ready to drop her own cash donation of half a million dollars as well.
In the early hours of Tuesday, George and his wife declared that they wanted to honor their twins who are eight months old, Alex and Ella, and to do this; they would donate half a million dollars to the demonstrating students. They also promised to be present at the march.
A few hours after their announcement, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg also added another $500,000 aid to the program. Spielberg and Capshaw referred to the youths as inspirational. The two celebrities praised their bravery and struggle to fight for the present and coming generations.
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