Phoenix rally organizers: Stop mass shootings

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Hundreds of thousands of students - and their supporters - began taking to the streets in Washington, D.C., and around the globe Saturday for March for Our Lives protests against gun violence.

The interview gave Kasky the opportunity to assert that the march, which is expected to draw as many as 500,000 to the nation's capital and hundreds of other cities around the country and even some overseas, was still controlled by the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The crowd attending the event organized by high school students heard about an hour of speeches before setting out on a march to and from a point about halfway from the Capitol to the heart of downtown Phoenix.

This weekend, more than 800 marches are planned in conjunction with the main "March For Our Lives" demonstration in Washington D.C.

Organizers of the "March for Our Lives" rally in Washington hoped their protest would match in numbers and spirit last year's women's march, one of the largest Washington protests since the Vietnam era and one that far exceeded predictions of 300,000 demonstrators. In a coordinated school walkout on March 14, thousands of students left their classrooms for 17 minutes to remember the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting. More than 20,000 rallied in Parkland near the school.

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Participants want to seize on public outrage in the wake of the 14 February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland to convince USA politicians to finally take decisive action, including by banning the sale of assault weapons.

"I only had to go through it once". "My Gina loved school ... she enjoyed every day and helped others enjoy every day". This isn't a discussion anymore.

"We need to cut down on the carnage".

Sixty percent believe that making it harder to legally obtain a gun would result in fewer mass shootings; just 49 percent said the same in the 2016 poll.

She said: "After our own school shooting at Dunblane, new gun ownership laws were introduced in Britain and that's exactly what's needed in the United States, where gun deaths are a national tragedy". Urban communities and low-income communities have always been hit with gun violence. Columbine happened. Nothing changed.

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Half a million people are expected to descend on the biggest march in Washington DC.

Isabel Bousson, a Lincoln East High School junior and a member of the board of organizers for the march in Lincoln, said she sees school safety as an "everybody issue" that should involve both sides of the political aisle.

The Washington rally is among more than 800 events scheduled worldwide, with USA demonstrations set from San Clemente, California, to NY and Parkland, according to gun-control group Everytown For Gun Safety.

Samantha Lekberg, 16, of Surprise, proclaimed "guess what, we can vote them out".

Americans were divided about whether elected officials would implement tougher gun control regulations, with 51 percent saying they would enact them while 42 percent said they expect no changes.

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