Several student survivors of the tragic mass shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, rallied alongside hundreds of students from other schools in an effort to call on their peers around the nation to demand action.
The crowd was armed with signs that read, “Keep our schools safe” and “I will not stand idly by,” as they swarmed around the state Capitol chanting, “Never again” and “Shame on you!”
Last week’s shooting claimed the lives of 14 students and 3 school staff members. On Wednesday, the protesters demanded an end to gun violence from lawmakers.
“No longer can I walk the halls I walked a million times before without fear and sadness,” 17-year-old Florence Yared said. “All because of the damage that a single AR-15 rifle caused.”
The rally comes just one day after state legislators rejected a ban on man semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity ammunition magazines. Many Parkland students have recently voiced support for such a ban.
Lawmakers have also expressed some support for other proposals from the students. The proposals include deeper background checks and stricter gun rules for people with mental health issues.
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