Survivors Of The Parkland Shooting Are Taking Their Fight For Gun Reform To Washington

"We are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives."

On Wednesday, 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In the days since, teenage survivors have emerged as a powerful voice calling for Congress to take action on gun reform. Now, they're taking their fight to Washington. 

On Sunday, a group of Stoneman Douglas students announced the March For Our Lives, which will take place on March 24 in Washington, D.C., as well as around the country. According to the march's website, "kids and families" will "demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today."

Stoneman Douglas junior Cameron Kasky, who previously spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, told ABC News of the march, "People are saying that it's not time to talk about gun control. And we can respect that. Here's a time. March 24th in every single city. We are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives."

"This isn't about the GOP. This isn't about the Democrats," he continued. "This is about the adults. We feel neglected and at this point, you're either with us or against us."

He was joined by his classmates and fellow organizers Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Alex Wind, and Jaclyn Corin. Earlier in the weekend, Gonzalez's powerful speech at a gun control rally went viral. Previously, Hogg's choice to speak out on the issue in TV interviews also earned praise, as he told Fox News' Laura Ingraham, "I don't want this to just be another mass shooting. I don't want this to just be something that people forget."

"We want students to be at that march and to be with us," Gonzalez said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. "We want to be with those students who we didn't understand their pain before and it's all too tragic that we all have to understand the same pain now."

The March For Our Lives isn't the only event planned to address to problem. The Women's March organizers have announced a nationwide walkout for March 14, encouraging students and teachers to walk out of their schools for 17 minutes, beginning at 10 a.m., to protest gun violence.

Another walkout has been planned for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, as part of the Network for Public Education's National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools. Parkland students are also planning to speak with Florida lawmakers at the state Capitol this week, and CNN reports that it will air a town hall with students and parents affected by the shooting on Wednesday. Florida Rep. Ted Deutch, Sen. Bill Nelson, and Sen. Marco Rubio have accepted invitations to participate.  

(H/T: Huffington Post | CNN

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