Thousands of people flooded the Pennsylvania Avenue in the American capital for the anti-gun movement on March 24 to support tougher gun controls, in the wake of last month's shooting at a Florida school, which claimed 17 lives. "They have a voice, and I think they're finally realizing they can use it".
During the interfaith service, church leaders from all over the nation took to the podium to pray for those attending and to echo the call from the organizers of the march for an end to gun violence. "We want to start feeling safe".
The borough will host a pre-march community send-off event at the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building on 50 Kings Road from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.in support of the Madison students who will be among those leading this Morristown rally, which will advocate for stricter nationwide gun laws.
Marchers plan to make their way from Jack Poole Plaza past the US Consulate.
The massive rallies aim to break a legislative gridlock that has long stymied efforts to increase restrictions on firearms sales in a nation where mass shootings like the one on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have become frighteningly common.
"We have to stand up for ourselves and nobody else is going to do it anymore", Beg tells NEWS 1130.
Former president Barack Obama said on Twitter that he and his wife Michelle were inspired by all the young people who made the marches happen. Many lawmakers have left town for two weeks, raising the prospect that any momentum from the march could fade before they return to work April 9. We don't need teachers carrying guns now.
Students throughout the country feel the massacre in Parkland, Florida was not only a wakeup call but a turning point. "You shouldn't be able to walk into a store and legally purchase a gun at age 18".
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'Anybody who's in high school right now has been growing up on school violence, he said.
"If they're going to stand up, I'm going to stand with them".
"I am amazed by these young people", Wagner Backus said. "I understand the Second Amendment is important".
Survivors of the shooting have launched a vocal campaign for the US government to pass gun-safety legislation. That's up from 61 percent who said the same in October 2016 and 55 percent when the AP first asked the question in October 2013.
Rev. Jan Naylor Cope said the Cathedral was created by an act of Congress to be a church for national purposes, and with this service and vigil ahead of the march, it is living up to its name.
Sam Robinson is the co-owner of Utah Gun Exchange.
Participation in US elections by young voters is often low.