US lawmakers call their support for gun control

ANI | Updated: Mar 25, 2018 02:48 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar 25 (ANI): US congressmen have called for the support for tougher gun control measures across the country and have shown solidarity for the "March for Our Lives" event which is underway in Washington D.C.

As per The Hill, former US Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton showed her support of the march.

"Listening to the students from Parkland and across the country today is a reminder of what is possible when our future is in the right hands, and when we match inspiration with determination", she wrote on Twitter.

Former US President Barack Obama also tweeted in support of the protest.

"Michelle and I are so inspired by all the young people who made today's marches happen. Keep at it. You're leading us forward. Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change," Obama wrote on the micro-blogging site.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio also weighed in his support for the "March for Our Lives" rally, advocating for tougher gun control measures in the US.

"Today many are peacefully exercising their #1A right to march for gun ban. Many support gun ban. But many others see it as infringement of #2A that won't prevent shootings. Protest is good way of making a point, but making a change will require both sides finding common ground," Rubio tweeted.

Civil rights activist and Republican lawmaker John Lewis speaking at a march in Atlanta, said that he is "proud" to wear an "F" rating from the National Rifle Association, which bore failing grades from the powerful gun rights lobbying group.

The NRA's influence on lawmakers has come under particular scrutiny in the aftermath of that shooting, with protesters and gun control advocates calling out politicians who have taken campaign contributions from the group.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren joined protesters in her home state, and posted several photos of herself surrounded by throngs of demonstrators in Worcester and other cities across her state.

"Surprise stop in Worcester to thank our student #MarchForOurLives organizers!" she tweeted.

Furthermore, many Democratic and Republican lawmakers are supporting the massive protests against gun violence and have called the Trump administration to address the issue soon.

Meanwhile, the White House praised the numerous demonstrations held across the US in favour of greater gun control, mostly organised by students, which brought almost a million people into the streets.

Thousands of people flooded the Pennsylvania Avenue in the American capital for the "March for Our Lives" on March 24 to support tougher gun controls, in the wake of last month's shooting at a Florida school, which claimed 17 lives.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School in Parkland, Florida are organising the massive protests in collaboration with the nonprofit organisation, "Everytown for Gun Safety." The motto of the protests is Never Again MSD.

19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student, claimed responsibility for the shooting and was expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons. He has been booked on 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Following this, massive protests were held by students across the US to pressurise the Trump administration for tougher gun measures.

Last week, students from more than 3,000 schools took to the streets from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles and from New York to Parkland on National Walkout Day to call for action against gun violence. (ANI)