At least 1.2 million people marched for gun control over the weekend at events across the US, according to early tallies from researchers Erica Chenoweth and Jeremy Pressman. The researchers estimate that there were more than 450 marches in the US from LA to Washington DC over the weekend but only have crowd estimates for about half of them. According to Vox March for Our Lives was one of the ‘biggest youth protests since the Vietnam War.’
The March for Our Lives is a direct response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17. The massacre inspired student survivors to launch a movement in hopes of convincing lawmakers to address the issue of gun violence and, in particular, school shootings.
Several people spoke on the situation such as Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors from Stonemason Douglas High School, & MLK Jr’s stepdaughter. In attendance several celebrities such as Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Paul McCartney, Kendal Jenner, Common + more, with performances from Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato & others.