Huge US gun control rallies

New York Times: Students Lead Huge Rallies for Gun Control Across the U.S.

Standing before vast crowds from Washington to Los Angeles to Parkland, Fla., the speakers — nearly all of them students, some still in elementary school — delivered an anguished and defiant message: They are “done hiding” from gun violence, and will “stop at nothing” to get politicians to finally prevent it.

The students, as they seized the nation’s attention on Saturday with raised fists and tear-streaked faces, vowed that their grief about school shootings and their frustration with adults’ inaction would power a new generation of political activism.

“If they continue to ignore us, to only pretend to listen, then we will take action where it counts,” Delaney Tarr, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where a gunman killed 17 people last month, told tens of thousands rallying in Washington. “We will take action every day in every way until they simply cannot ignore us any more.”

For many of the young people, the Washington rally, called March for Our Lives, was their first act of protest and the beginning of a political awakening. But that awakening may be a rude one — lawmakers in Congress have largely disregarded their pleas for action on television and social media in the five weeks since the Parkland shooting.

Protesters have vowed to continue the pressure.

But the NRA and other pro-gun proponents are likely to continue their pressure too.

And as well as there being a huge number of firearms in circulation already in the US, there is an entrenched culture of gun use in the US that will be difficult to change – especially when the country’s leaders fiddle around the edges but aren’t prepared to confront the problems.

But young Americans are certainly trying.

51 Comments

  1. Ray

     /  March 26, 2018

    @shannonrwatts: Some of the white men who brought guns to yesterday’s #MarchForOurLives across the US. This is what @MomsDemand has been dealing with for 5 years at our rallies, events and meetings.

    Since when in America do armed extremists get to intimidate and silence free speech? https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/977899082332045312/photo/1

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  March 26, 2018

    Right to bear arms advocates tell students to butt out.

    “The latest attack came from Colion Noir, a host on NRA TV who took to the airwaves on the eve of the Parkland teens-led March on Washington, telling them: “No one would know your names” if a student gunman hadn’t stormed into their school and killed three staff members and 14 students.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12020081

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 26, 2018

      I imagine that most people would be glad not to have anyone know their names if it meant that no gunman had murdered 17 pupils and teachers at their school.

  3. David

     /  March 26, 2018

    That 1st tweet is photo shopped, badly too, or else its the first march where no one carried a placard and 7 million turned up. Havent seen a crowd that big since Trumps inauguration.

  4. David

     /  March 26, 2018

    The Republicans are missing a trick here, they could pass some minor gun control legislation which is well supported and push the Democrats further to the fringe.
    Trump pulled a similar trick over DACA with giving the Dems everything they wanted and more and because it would have left them without one of their pet money raising causes they didnt do a deal and look a bit silly.

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 26, 2018

      Yeah, yeah … let’s ‘turn a trick’ about it …

  5. lurcher1948

     /  March 26, 2018

    The old men at the NRA are getting older and there’s a new younger class of voter coming who have had gun terror in their life’s,change is coming and the NRA will be dragged into the light.

    • Corky

       /  March 26, 2018

      ”New younger class of voter coming who have had gun terror in their life’s”

      The majority haven’t had gun terror in their lives. These idiots don’t realise the second amendment is there for a reason – to protect them from a constitutional crisis that may lead to a North Korean like regime.

      The second amendment must be protected at all costs. Nothing wrong with tightening gun ownership and purchasing laws, but the second amendment must always stand.

      Here’s what can happen when you can’t defend yourself.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_events_named_massacres

  6. School kids shooting their fellow school kids brings me to think that the problem may be one of bullying or other unsocial behaviour leading a kid to think there is no other way to stop the bullies…

    • Pickled Possum

       /  March 26, 2018

      Right On! Georgie boy

      • PartisanZ

         /  March 26, 2018

        And the common element is …………. SCHOOL!

        • Gezza

           /  March 26, 2018

          The Maryland shooter was home schooled.

          • Gezza

             /  March 26, 2018

            Whoops – beg your pardon. That was the Austin bomber. It follows that school shooters are most likely going to have a common element of school, but there are also plenty of youngstas over there who shoot others elsewhere, when they’re not at school. The common element to both is easy access to guns.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 26, 2018

              Primary school pupils should not have to be afraid of being shot at school. Nor should secondary school pupils or university students. I don’t know how the NRA can live with themselves.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 26, 2018

              It is utterly bizarre that even two people think that it’s all right for children and others to be afraid to go to school or university afraid that it will be their turn next. How can anyone NOT think that children should not be afraid of being slaughtered at school ? What kind of mind thinks that school massacres are acceptable ?

    • Traveller

       /  March 26, 2018

      Be interesting if it’s a Trump administration that does anything. After all Obama is infamous for sitting on his hands.p for nine years. Amending the constitution will be a long haul

  7. Zedd

     /  March 26, 2018

    I wrote on this yesterday; media watch..
    I heard one of the speakers (student from the parkland H-S) saying they are not calling for all guns to be banned.. just the military style semi-autos. Why does ‘Joe/jo citizen’ need to have a AK47/M16.. ‘for protection’ or any other reason ?
    I agree 100%, it just potentially turns the streets of mid-town USA into a ‘battle field’ 😦

  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 26, 2018

    I read a report yesterday that I can’t find immediately that the omnibus bill Trump just signed includes an amendment that allows Govt research agencies to study gun violence and harm minimisation strategies which they were previously blocked from doing. The hope was that would lead to evidence-based strategies.

  9. Gezza

     /  March 26, 2018

    • Zedd

       /  March 26, 2018

      exactly..

      BUT; I also hear that many returning vets (Afghanistan/Iraq) are joining Police & security agencies. There are stories, that many of the recent police shootings….. :/

      • Gezza

         /  March 26, 2018

        20 bullets in a man with a cellphone. And they switched their body cam microphones off so you couldn’t hear what they were cooking up to say later.

        • David

           /  March 26, 2018

          Why did the guy run, its dark there are loads of coppers and you hold a cell phone its just not going to end well.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 26, 2018

            Panic. He probably ran from sheer panic with adrenalin taking over, I wouldn’t have, as I tend to freeze when I’m afraid – so I’d have been shot at close range, I suppose, as I’d have been firing my cellphone at close range.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 26, 2018

              PDTs, you really are heartless fools.

  10. Zedd

     /  March 26, 2018

    meanwhile.. there is reportedly ‘DEADLY silence’ from the Oval Office

    • Gezza

       /  March 26, 2018

      He’s busy

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 26, 2018

      Hardly. As I’ve just pointed out he’s banning bump stocks and changed the law that stopped gun violence minimisation research. That’s already more than Obama ever did isn’t it?

      • Gezza

         /  March 26, 2018

        Bump stocks prevent unaimable automatic fire They don’t prevent rapid fire from a semi-automatic. He’s fiddling at the margins. At one point Trump was talking banning assault rifle style semis and was all chest beating I’m not scared of the NRA. They obviously reminded him he’s paid for.

        PS: Obama is not the President any more. Catch up.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 26, 2018

          From above link:
          “Obama Administration legalized bump stocks. BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a mandated comment period. We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns,” Trump explained in a tweet on March 23.

          Catch up yourself.

          • Gezza

             /  March 26, 2018

            So what if he was as bought as Trump? He’s not the president any more. Just an expensive golfing buddy now. Ban on semi autos is what’s needed.

            • David

               /  March 26, 2018

              You still need to let go of the trigger to reload unlike a fully automatic which is wholly different level of carnage.
              The Republicans wont but they could improve their popularity by making sure everyone has a background check, mental people are banned and its easier to uplift guns from people acting loopy, popular policies and what are the NRA going to do…switch to voting Democrat.

            • Gezza

               /  March 26, 2018

              Yeah. Right.

  11. Patzcuaro

     /  March 27, 2018

    As an aside gun manufacturer enters Chapter 11 bankruptcy citing falling sales. It was owned by a private equity firm but will be owned by its creditors.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43540708

  12. Zedd

     /  March 27, 2018

    I just watched some of the footage of the marches on ‘Democracy NOW’ (USA Indep. news)
    If MrT thinks he can ignore this.. hes just showing how ignorant he truly is. They said it is the biggest protest since the ‘million man march’ in 1960s (Dr King).. btw; his grand-daughter was there too; she also has a dream..

    Many of the HS students, who attended will likely be old enough to vote.. when/IF MrT intends to stand again.

    The most impactful speech (& silence) was again from Ms Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors from the Parkland HS.. who called BS to MrT/NRA, in her first speech.
    She stood in silence for 4 minutes 26 seconds to remember the time the shooter was rampaging around her school & gunning down 14 students & 3 staff !
    “Go you good thing.. Emma” 🙂