After the mass shootings that occurred in recent weeks in a supermarket in Buffalo (New York) and in a school in Uvalde (Texas), this Saturday thousands of people took to the streets in different cities of the United States asking the Congress of that country to legislate for greater control of the possession of firearms.
The rallies were organized by the youth group “March for Our Lives,” and took place in large cities and rural centers of that country.
The main one took place in the capital, Washington DC, which summoned the participants next to the iconic monument to George Washington, the obelisk that stands in the center of the city a short distance from the White House and between the Capitol and the Abraham Lincoln memorial. Although organizers had said they expected tens of thousands of participants, the Washington rally drew only a few thousand attendees.
In a message on his Twitter account, US President Joe Biden supported the marches and said that a majority of Americans want “common sense” legislative measures in relation to weapons. “Congress has to ban assault weapons and high-capacity cartridges; tighten background checks and remove the immunity of gun manufacturers from legal charges,” Biden said.
The “March for Our Lives” group was created in 2018 by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a shooting took place that killed 17 people. That same year, the organization called for a march in Washington attended by hundreds of thousands of people, also with the aim of pressuring Congress to take legislative measures restricting access to firearms.
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