Saturday afternoon’s DC march at the Washington Monument will feature a series of speakers urging action against gun violence. Also, rallies are scheduled for Saturday in more than 400 US cities in nearly all 50 US states.
“After countless mass shootings and gun violence in our communities, it’s time to get back on the streets and march for our lives,” the organization’s website reads. “We marched in 2018 after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida, and now we’re going back to DC.”
The marches come along with renewed push in Congress for gun control. Lawmakers are under intense pressure to act in the wake of the recent mass shootings, and at least 10 Republicans must vote with Democrats to pass the 60-vote threshold to break a filibuster and pass legislation.
Despite widespread GOP opposition, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, the leading Democrat in the two-party negotiations, told CNN he believes there will be more than 10 Republicans supporting gun-security measures in the Senate.
“I think we’ll put together a package that will get more than 10 Republican votes,” he told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day” on Thursday.
March for Our Lives last held a rally in DC in 2018 after the deadly shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school. Survivors of the shooting gave a resounding message that Washington’s inaction against the scourge of gun violence is no longer acceptable.
“To the leaders, skeptics and cynics who told us to sit down, shut up and wait your turn, welcome to the revolution,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ then-student, Cameron Kasky, told the crowd in Washington at the time.
“Represent the people or go away. Stand for us or watch out.’