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Pope Francis Shows Support For 'March For Our Lives', And Urges Young People To Keep Speaking Up

Date March 27, 2018

Thousands of young people across the world filled streets in major cities to call for stricter gun laws on March 24. The rally was born out of the resistance of students in Florida after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

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'March For Our Lives'

Footage and speeches from the rally have been nothing short of inspiring. No less than 800 cities recorded impressive numbers of protesters, with Washington DC having the largest turnout.

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March for Our Lives has been called the biggest youth-led protest movement since the Vietnam war.

One of the youngest speakers was 9-year-old Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter Rev. Martin Luther King. She recalled her grandfather's iconic words in her speech.

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Yolanda said:

I have a dream that enough is enough. That this should be a gun-free world. Period.

The placards carried by protesters also sent strong anti-gun messages. The more notable ones read, "Our ballots will stop bullets", "13 years old and afraid. Not Okay", and "Enough is enough".

Ellen Mayor, a mom whose son took a bullet to the knee and survived, carried a placard with the words, "I’m marching so no other parent has to hear, Mom, I’ve been shot".

Pope Francis offers his support.

The protests received massive support, but none has been more resounding than the encouragement from the Pope.

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Speaking at the start of the Holy Week services leading to Easter, Pope Francis urged the young protesters to keep shouting through the attempts to silence them.

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However, the Pope stayed clear of mentioning the protests directly.

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Catholic News Service reports that two students from Stoneman Douglas High School attended the service at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Both of them held placards, with one reading, “Protect Our Children, Not Our Guns”.

Vulnerable students

The February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, claimed the lives of 17 people, including students and teachers.

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The shooter, a dismissed student named Nikolas Cruz took the school unawares by pulling a fire alarm so that it would seem like a routine fire drill. He carried out his tragic act while the students ran for cover.

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In the weeks since the shooting, President Trump has suggested that his government would consider arming teachers with guns, but this appears to be an unpopular stance. It has received a lot of pushback, particularly from celebrities.

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