Parkland shooting survivors, gun control activists call on lawmakers to act before midterms

Gun control activists and survivors of the 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, headed to Washington, D.C. this week to make a stark point to lawmakers in the nation’s capital about the country’s gun violence epidemic.

1,100 Body bags representing 150 gun violence victims each were laid out on the National Mall spelling out “thoughts and prayers,” the common phrase used to convey sympathy after shootings. The demonstration was carried out on the fourth anniversary of the March for Our Lives rally. 

“Thoughts and prayers are reserved for things that are outside of our control, that are outside of our responsibility and ability, right? Gun violence is not a natural thing. Give us your action…. So for Congress, it’s got to be with us or against us,” said March For Our Lives board of directors co-chair David Mumin told ABC News.

March for Our Lives is increasing its calls for lawmakers to take action on gun violence ahead of the midterms. “People in Congress were not courageous enough to do something to end this problem,” said Jaclyn Corin, a Parkland shooting survivor. “And so we’re going to be going up all the time every day, making sure that this issue is solved.”




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