Initial estimates say 10,000 people participated in the March for Our Lives rally at the County Administration Building on the waterfront in San Diego on Saturday morning. Locally, there were also marches in Escondido, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Temecula.
There were over 830 March for Our Lives events on six continents. In Washington, DC, 800,000 people marched. In New York City, 175,000 people marched. Twenty thousand people took to the streets in Boston.
Today’s post is mostly pictures from around the world, with a few snippets from news coverage I saw.
From the Times of San Diego
Nona Golan, a senior at Scripps Ranch High School, also said the shooting in Florida caused her and her friends to become involved with gun control activism.
“We want to help the reform, want to sign some petitions,” Golan said. “We all got pre-registered to vote. We want to contribute to the voice. We want to try and make a change.”
The march comes a little more than a week after thousands of students took part in a national school walkout to advocate for gun restrictions on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting.
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From CNN‘s coverage in Washington DC:
Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez recalled how the massacre took about six minutes, 20 seconds. She remembered her fallen classmates. She enumerated some ordinary things they will never do again.
“Since the time I came out here, it has been 6 minutes 20 seconds, and the shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape and walk free an hour before arrest,” she said.
“Fight for your lives before it is someone else’s job.”
If you didn’t watch Emma Gonzalez’s 6:20 long speech at #MarchForOurLives today, please take the time to do so. If you did, please Retweet so the rest of the world can. @Emma4Change pic.twitter.com/2goudoE4xD
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) March 24, 2018
An 11-year-old girl nearly stole the show at the March for Our Lives, delivering an awe-inspiring speech on the shooting deaths of black women and girls.
“I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential,” Naomi Wadler, from Alexandria, Va., told thousands listening on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
“For far too long, these black girls and women have been just numbers,” she said. “I am here to say never again for those girls too,” referencing the #NeverAgain slogan at the heart of the demonstration.
From the Texas Tribune
Tens of thousands of Texans poured out onto streets and gathered in parks Saturday to rally for stricter gun laws about a month after a mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school claimed 17 lives.
In more than 800 planned “March for Our Lives” events across the country – including in Austin, Houston and Dallas – students and families protested against gun violence and called on lawmakers to take decisive action.
Thousands clogged Austin’s Congress Ave and gathered outside the pink-domed Capitol building, chanting and applauding as speakers – including Mayor Steve Adler, actor Matthew McConaughey and the local high school students organizers of the event – took their turns rallying the crowd.
Around the world, via ABC News:
…Outside the newly-built U.S. embassy in London, a young child participating in the March for Our Lives there held a sign that read, “Love is greater than FEAR.” A minute of silence was held in honor of the victims of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida…
…March for Our Lives participants in Paris issued a poignant, rallying cry for gun control, with chants reminiscent of the Vietnam War protests. They shouted, “Hey hey, NRA, how many kids were killed today?” and “Hey hey, ho ho, gun violence has got to go!”…
…In Rome, American and international students wielding loudspeakers amassed near the U.S. embassy, some hoisting banners reading, “Protect People, Not Guns,” “Enough is Enough” and “Dress Codes Are More Regulated Than Guns.”
Meanwhile in Mar-a-Lago, via the Los Angeles Times
President Trump took the scenic route after spending Saturday at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Fla., ensuring he didn’t pass any demonstrators calling for stronger gun laws as part of the nationwide March for Our Lives.
Scores of people had lined the motorcade’s usual path, which has been well-traveled by the president as he shuttles between his Mar-a-Lago estate and the Trump International Golf Club during weekend visits here. They held signs blasting the National Rifle Assn. and supporting a ban on assault weapons.
Photos from around the world
On Fox News they found plenty to whine about:
“Time Magazine leaves Second Amendment supporters off Parkland cover” whines a Fox “News” headline. This is like complaining that when Time named the #MeToo movement Persons of the Year, they left Harvey Weinstein off the cover.
— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) March 24, 2018