Anti-gun protest in Washington
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the main cities of the United States this Saturday to demand greater control over the possession of weapons after the death of 19 minors and two teachers murdered in a school in Uvalde, Texas, and the murder of ten black people. in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. The demonstrations, called throughout the country, are an initiative of the March for Our Life, an organization founded by student survivors of the massacre perpetrated at a Parkland, Florida, institute in 2018, when 17 people died.
“Enough,” declared the mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, during the demonstration in the federal capital. “I can speak as a mayor, as a mother, for the millions of Americans and American mayors who ask that Congress do its job. And their job is to protect us, to protect our children from violence with firearms », she has pointed out, according to the CBS network.
All the speakers appealed to the senators, the main obstacle to imposing greater control on the possession of weapons, and have warned them that they will not be re-elected if they do not act. “If our government can do nothing to prevent 19 children from being murdered in their own school, from being beheaded, the time has come to change who rules,” said David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland attack.
Another survivor and founder of the March for Our Lives, X González, recalled that “they are killing us” and implored Congress to intervene. “This time it is different because it is not a political issue, but a moral one. Not right and left, but right or wrong. It is not about condolences and prayers, but about courage and action », added for her part Yolanda King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King.
There were also demonstrations in such emblematic places as Parkland or Brooklyn, in New York, where the New York mayor, Eric Adams, has joined the protest.