"An extraordinary student mobilization brought hundreds of thousands of people to the streets of U.S. cities Saturday to demand tougher gun laws, in a muscular display of political determination less than six weeks after the school massacre in Parkland, Fla.
Teenage students who emerged as national figures after the Feb. 14 shooting flew to Washington to address the largest “March for Our Lives rally,” while thousands marched in Parkland and cities around the world.
At many rallies, there was barely a mention of the killer, Nikolas Cruz, the expelled Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who shot 17 students and staff to death and wounded 17 more. Instead, the wrath of speakers fell on political leaders who they said had sold out to the National Rifle Association in refusing to support limits on gun ownership.
“If you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking,” said David Hogg, a Stoneman Douglas senior and one of the most prominent student leaders, addressing a Washington crowd estimated by organizers at 800,000. “Inaction is no longer safe. And to that we say, ‘No more.’ Most representatives have no public stance on guns. To this we say, ‘No more.’”
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