Santa Clarita residents join national March for our Lives rally

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Large crowds also turned out for demonstrations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Seattle and other cities-more than 800 in all according to the organizers of the "March For Our Lives".

Activists demonstrated in 387 congressional districts, or 90 percent of all voting districts in the USA across party lines, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, which assisted the survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in organizing marches in Washington, D.C., and worldwide. "We need to make a difference now".

"Because this", he said, pointing behind him to the Capitol dome, "this is not cutting it".

"On Saturday, we marched", said Julia Spoor, 16, a founding member of Students Demand Action, in Everytown's statement.

David and Stacy Riley said it was important that their 11-year-old daughter, Grace, be at the March, to be inspired.

"Let's get to the point were parents don't have to worry about children going off to school and whether they are going to be alright or not", Kovacs said.

"I work extremely hard at my studies. And I don't want to hear that anymore", Melivia said.

Some of the young voices were very young. Yolanda Renee King, the 9-year-old granddaughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led the Washington crowd in a chant while clasping hands with Parkland survivor Jaclyn Corin.

THEY'VE HAD ENOUGH Protesters participate in the March for Our Lives rally at Las Vegas City Hall on March 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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"I have a dream that enough is enough", she said, referring to the historic speech delivered by her grandfather in 1963.

At a rally in Parkland, Florida, on Saturday, Sari Kaufman, a Stoneman Douglas sophomore, implored protesters to vote politicians who accept money form the National Rifle Association out of office.

Donald Trump, who was in Florida, did not comment on Twitter.

"We support the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms, as set forth in the United States Constitution", the petition says.

"We're incredibly thoughtful, compassionate and the commitment was evident in their writing, the frustration, the anger nearly at times", says Aaron Markham, who teaches in the humanities discipline at Emery. She also wanted "to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don't make the front page of every national newspaper" such as 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington, a Black teen killed in a school shooting in Alabama on 7 March.

"We will continue to fight for our dead friends", Delaney Tarr, another Parkland survivor, declared from the stage. "How could this happen again?" she asked the crowd.

As a school principal, Spicer believes that school safety will become a reality across the country once assault weapons are banned.

Several teenagers who experienced gun violence delivered emotional speeches at the march in Washington. Ayanne Johnson of Great Mills High School in Maryland held a sign declaring, "I March for Jaelynn", honoring Jaelynn Willey, who died Thursday, two days after being shot by a classmate at the school.

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