Emma Gonzalez Delivers Powerful March For Our Lives Speech

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Fuentes ended her address, asking the crowd to join her in signing "Happy Birthday" for one of her classmates, Nick Dworet, who died during the February 14 massacre and would have turned 18 on March 24. Some say those are strikes already against her when confronting the establishment.

"This will have a lasting effect on our community". I am here to say "never again" for those girls, too.

A few blocks away, a slightly smaller event was organized by 11-year-old elementary school student Lexington Vickery, who led about 150 cheering classmates and supporters on a raucous march in support of American children.

An edited image of gun control advocate Emma Gonzalez ripping up a copy of the US Constitution has gone viral, causing outrage on both sides of the political spectrum.

A message that something needs to change to end gun violence in the United States.

Police have said that last weekend, an innocent man was gunned down in a "cowardly" attack after visiting friends. She recalled the "bodies in that building waiting to be identified for over a day", and the confusion that swirled as the victims "stopped breathing long before any of us had even known that a Code Red had been called". They told CBS News' "Face the Nation" that they will continue to demand policy action on the part of the nation's lawmakers to ensure students' lives are protected from acts of gun violence like the shooting that left 17 people dead at their school last month. Their efforts have galvanized youth nationwide, with hundreds of thousands attending similar rallies across the country.

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"No one could comprehend the devastating aftermath or how far this would reach, or where this would go", she said.

Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA, telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this - we call B.S.! "We need to fight the problem from the core, which is guns".

Casey Sherman addressed the massive crowd at Pine Trail Park just minutes before the march began.

An impassioned introduction to a speech from Emma Gonzalez at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington was followed by six minutes of straight silence as she stood at the podium without saying a single word.

"If you are a teenager & believe you won't be responsible enough to own a gun until 21, why should you vote before 21?"

"We got denied to speak at the march so I'm not going to the march, I'm going to a lacrosse game", Andrew Pollack said.