Missoulians march against gun violence

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Hundreds of marches are planned in USA cities and dozens of locations overseas.

"If they're going to stand up, I'm going to stand with them".

Gun violence has been a topic of conversation-and protest-among many Madison community members, students and borough officials.

Driver-Moultrie said it was her understanding that police would be on hand for security from the beginning of the march at 4:30 until the event concludes at around 6 p.m.

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Students in Washington during the National School Walkout on March 14
Jim Bourg Reuters Students in Washington during the National School Walkout on March 14

The Washington, D.C., march is being organized by students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed, among the deadliest school shootings in US history.

Marches are also scheduled in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a rallies in London, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin.

Just the bridge on North W.S. Young Street will be shut down, KPD spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said Thursday. But she says if rallies like this can help change the reality for her and her classmates, her brother won't have died in vain.

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"We can't ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises".

March For Our Lives is a student-led national demonstration protesting gun violence in schools following the shooting death of 17 students Feb 14 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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. They've finally gotten to the point they realize they're the generation that can make a change.

"I think we are fed up, and (school shootings) have gone on for too long", she said. None of the speakers will be older than 18, according to organizers.

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In Atlanta, Lindsey Alexander, a freshman at Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia, attended her first protest, inspired by hearing Parkland students debate the NRA on television.

All the school teachers we know want to teach. Crane said. "It's nothing to do with doing away with the Second Amendment". Overall, 90 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of gun owners now favor stricter gun control laws. "But when the Founding Fathers put that right in place, they didn't mean it to become what it is today".

But even with claims of historic social momentum on the issue of gun control, the AP poll also found that almost half of Americans do not expect elected officials to take action. Now they will take part in an event they hope will make a bigger statement on the national stage.

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