Students

Students across the country, including in New York City, Baltimore, and Chicago briefly walked out of their schools Wednesday urging lawmakers to bring in gun control policies after the Parkland shooting.

Most of the marches that happened throughout the country were organized by Empower, the youth movement of the Woman’s March. The walkouts are the latest show of activism by young people who are now entering the gun-control debate and finding their political voice. The involvement by youth has re-energized advocates for gun control measures who have struggled to pass legislation nationally, most notably after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.

Below you can see the different demonstrations put on by students with one demonstration spelling out #ENOUGH and students from Atlanta taking a knee in protest because the teachers and school officials wouldn’t let them leave.

Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School also joined the demonstrations with senior David Hogg live streaming it on Youtube:

At the west side of the Capitol, students were joined by top Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). There they students took turns speaking their opinions on this issue:

“We will not sit in classrooms with armed teachers. We refuse to learn in fear. We reject turning our schools into prisons,” Matt Post, a senior at Sherwood High School, which is part of Montgomery County Public Schools, said at a rally on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. “We will accept nothing less than comprehensive gun control, and if it is what it takes, we will shame our policymakers into protecting us.”

Brenna Levitan of Montgomery Blair High School called for “unrelenting advocacy.”

“We have a voice, and we will not be silent,” Levitan said.

These demonstrations did result in some arrests with Aminah Glenn a junior from Kenwood Academy arrested while participating:

Some students went to the White House and sat on the closed-off portion of Pennsylvania Avenue for a 17-minute moment of silence, to mark the one-month anniversary of the 17 people killed in the Parkland, Fla. school shooting massacre.

All in all, these demonstrations tied in with the Conor Lamb special election win in the district PA18 (a district Trump won by nearly 20%) of Pennsylvania for a House seat shows the growing trend of young people finally using their political voice. Republicans better embrace the blue wave that’s set to hit them during the midterms later this year with the help of Generation Z and Millennials.

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