Out of the mouth of babes come the words that will make a difference. School shootings are finally being taken seriously by lawmakers who have turned a deaf ear on the urgent need for changes in gun control laws and have favored the gun lobby over our children’s safety. As students protested across America, all the way to the White House sitting before President Trump, we now seem to have the attention of lawmakers. It is sad that it took these many deaths to get their attention. Our heart and prayers go out to the families who lost their beloved children.
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Compliments of ABC News, By Collin Binkley, Associated Press
In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the victims of last week’s deadly shooting in Florida.
The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for their demonstrations over social media. Many lasted 17 minutes in honor of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Hundreds of students from Maryland schools left class to rally at the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds more filed out of their schools in cities from Chicago to Pittsburgh to Austin, Texas, often at the lunch hour. Thousands walked out in Florida.
At the protest in Washington, students held a moment of silence in memory of those killed in Parkland and listened as the names of the dead were recited. Daniel Gelillo, a senior at Richard Montgomery High in Rockville, Maryland, helped organize the protest and said students aimed to pressure lawmakers to act on gun control.
Up until now, he said, nothing has quite fazed them.