Thousands rally in DC, across US for gun control

WASHINGTON — Thousands of people were rallying in the nation’s capital and around the country Saturday to advocate for stricter gun control laws after a recent spate of mass shootings, including in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed in a school, and in Buffalo, New York, where 10 Black people were targeted in a grocery store.

Up to 50,000 people were expected in D.C. Saturday, according to a National Park Service Permit, and protests were also planned in major cities including New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. About 300 showed up to protest in West Melbourne, Florida, and about 400 marched through Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado.

The March for Our Lives events come four years after the organization was founded by teens who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida. That year, more than 1 million people rallied in Washington.

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