Mar 24, 2018
Taking the stage on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, high school student David Hogg offered hundreds of thousands of audience members a visual representation of his reasons for helping to organize the March for Our Lives, a worldwide gun control advocacy demonstration.
"I'm going to start off by putting this price tag right here as a reminder for you guys to know how much Marco Rubio took for every student's life in Florida," Hogg said, placing a price tag reading "$1.05" on the podium.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has received $3,303,355 from the National Rifle Association (NRA). Because the #NeverAgain movement has found that there are 3,140,167 children enrolled in Florida's schools, Hogg reasoned, each child's life is worth approximately one dollar to the senator.
\u201c"I\u2019m going to start off by putting this price tag right here as a reminder for you guys to know how much Marco Rubio took for every student's life in Florida," Parkland survivor David Hogg says at #MarchForOurLives.\u201d— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeed News) 1521912643
"When politicians say that your voice doesn't matter because the NRA owns them, we say: No more. When politicians send their thoughts and prayers with no action, we say: No more. And to those politicians supported by the NRA, that allow the continued slaughter of our children and our future, I say: Get your resumes ready," said Hogg.
The student was one of several speakers at the march from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 14 of Hogg's classmates and three staff members were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
After reading the names of the victims, Emma Gonzalez, who has been a prominent voice in the school community's calls for common-sense gun control reforms in recent weeks, stood silently for six minutes and 20 seconds to signify the amount of time it took for a gunman with an AR-15 to kill the 17 people.
\u201cEmma Gonzalez led a powerful, minutes-long silence at #MarchForOurLives after speaking the names of her 17 classmates who died during the Parkland shooting.\u201d— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeed News) 1521917702
\u201cThere\u2019s near-complete silence on Pennsylvania Ave. as Douglas student activist Emma Gonzalez lists the things her slain friends will never again get to do, then stops speaking.\u201d— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1521910341
Prior to the students' speeches, hundreds of thousands of Americans marched through the city, many carrying signs reading "Never Again" and chanting "Enough is enough!"
\u201cThe crowd is massive here at #MarchForOurLives. Lots of colorful signs calling for gun-control and calling out lawmakers and the NRA. There\u2019s even a poop emoji ballon with @Emma4Change\u2019s quote \u201cWe call b.s.\u201d\u201d— Christal Hayes (@Christal Hayes) 1521897571
By 1:00pm in Washington, more than 207,000 people had ridden the city's Metro--more than three times the average number of Saturday riders.
"Sibling marches" both large and small took place in cities across the country.
\u201cFrom today\u2019s march in Vermont: \u201cTry to get your hands on some nice French raw cheese,\u201d she says, suggesting it would be easier to buy a gun.\u201d— Jess Bidgood (@Jess Bidgood) 1521921195
On every continent except Antarctica, supporters--many from countries that have had strict regulations on gun ownership for decades--staged protests in solidarity with American students.
In Washington, D.C., Hogg alluded to the fact, often-repeated by the #NeverAgain movement, that many of the students who survived the Parkland shooting will be voting for the first time in the 2018 or 2020 elections.
"Who here is going to vote in the 2018 election?" he asked the crowd. "If you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking."
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