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‘March For Our Lives’ Rallies Against Gun Violence Held In Hundreds Of U.S. Cities

Tens of thousands of people rallied in the nation’s capital and other cities across the U.S. on Saturday to demand stronger gun control.

“Enough is enough,” Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser told a crowd at the second March for Our Lives rally in her city. “I speak as a mayor, a mom, and I speak for millions of Americans and America’s mayors who are demanding that Congress do its job. And its job is to protect us, to protect our children from gun violence.”

The first March for Our Lives rally was held in 2018 following a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. This week’s events were organized by March for Our Lives co-founder and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg after last month’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

In the Texas shooting, 19 children and two teachers were killed by an 18-year-old armed with an AR-15. Police waited more than an hour before entering the classroom to confront the shooter, in part because they feared for their own safety. An Uvalde pediatrician told Congress this week that the bullets tore apart the bodies of the children and left some of them decapitated.

“If our government can’t do anything to stop 19 kids from being killed and slaughtered in their own school, and decapitated, it’s time to change who is in government,” Hogg told a D.C. crowd.

The Uvalde shooter obtained his AR-15 legally the day after he turned 18. Earlier this week, the House of Representatives approved a package of gun control bills that would in part raise the age requirement for most rifle sales from 18 to 21.

Rallies are scheduled in more than 400 U.S. cities in nearly all 50 states, according to the March for Our Lives website.

Check out some photos from Saturday’s marches:

Protesters march down Jefferson Avenue at the site of the Tops massacre during a March for Our Lives rally in support of gun control on Saturday in Buffalo, New York.
Parkland survivor and activist X Gonzalez speaks to the crowd during the second March for Our Lives rally on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
People participate in the second March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C.
Parkland victim Joaquin Oliver's parents Manuel Oliver, center, and Patricia Oliver, left, stand with Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg, right, during the second March for Our Lives rally in Washington.
Demonstrators join a March for Our Lives rally in New York City.
Thousands of gun control supporters join the March for Our Lives rally near the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Demonstrators join a March for Our Lives rally in Chicago.
Demonstrators join a March for Our Lives rally in Houston.
Demonstrators shout during the March for Our Lives rally in Houston.
Large crowds are seen during the March for Our Lives protest crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
Demonstrators join the March for Our Lives rally in Houston.

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