(2) Watch live: Thousands rally against gun violence at March for Our Lives protest in Washington, DC – YouTube

Up to 50,000 protesters were expected in Washington, D.C., for a march against gun violence, according to a permit from the National Park Service. Several hundred marches were planned across the country, including in New York City, Las Vegas and Chicago. It marks the latest widespread move by March for Our Lives, which was founded by teens after 17 people were killed in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018. That year, the group rallied more than 1 million people in the nation’s capital and hosted sister rallies around the country and world, ramping up public pressure to change gun laws that – four years later – have largely still not been addressed.

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  1. ” … in 2018. That year, the group rallied more than 1 million people in the nation’s capital and hosted sister rallies around the country and world, ramping up public pressure to change gun laws that – four years later – have largely still not been addressed.”
    That says it all somehow. The weapon lobby is too strong for democracy.

    1. The lobby and the money its raises scares politicians because in elections to decide who will run in a final election, fewer people vote and the most extreme are often swayed by advertising the their guns and “freedom” are at risk. They are sick and wrong but too many have agreed for far too long. The younger people will not be giving up on this though, so change will come within 5 years if our democracy survives its latest challenges and attacks from the right.

    2. Let’s hope for the best. My niece in Oregon had to get “shooter training” at school two years ago. Is that a world we want to live in? I just heard fro my husband that it has become very bad with shootings in Sweden of all places. The Swedes are usually so calm and polite … and so few to begin with …
      If we have a shooting in Denmark, it is usually gang related. I mean, that is bad enough. Innocent people can be in the wrong place at the wrong time …

    3. I worked in a clinic for homeless men in a homeless shelter 2 years ago. We had to participate in shooter training once a year. Training took 3 hours. While theoretically useful, it is in no way based on what potential victims might actually do or what a shooter might actually do. When confronted by a shooter actively shooting people, I doubt that trained adults and children would rush at and throw things at a shooter and that such a rush would actually hinder or stop a shooter. Rushing and throwing things was taught as one of the strategies. I once was confronted by two people with handguns – one chasing the other coming straight at me. They were about 500 feet in front of me on a public street. My response? I stood still. the guy doing the chasing fell down. The guy being chased was coming straight at me. I pointed to my left to the guy so he would run down an alley. When the guy who fell down got back up he ran at me and I pointed to the right so he would run down another alley in a different direction. I then walked – fast – straight ahead to my destination. How would someone else react when confronted with the same circumstances? I don’t have a clue.

    4. You don’t know until that moment. I saw a an undercover police officer once backing up into the street four cars in front of me and a car behind me so I could not back up – he fired four shots as someone and I did not know then if he was police or not. After 10 minutes or so, police let traffic move on and we saw the man shot still lying on the sidewalk. Horrible sight and I had three people in the car with me… we were coming home from a new year’s eve party.

    5. Just Cincinnati, Ohio – too many shootings often involved drug sales in neighborhood where I used to work. All three shootings I have seen were in an area known as Over the Rhine. The last one was in front of the dental clinic where I worked 15 minutes before I got to work in the morning. A drug buyer was robbed, shot, killed – was still lying on the sidewalk when I arrived. – already dead with two police standing over him.

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