Demonstrators in Kansas, across the nation march for gun control

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Hundreds of people turned up just across the road from the US Embassy in Copenhagen today to participate in the March For Our Lives event.

She said the outpouring is a "constant reminder that even though this shooting was a disgusting tragedy, we'll make these changes and see some light come out of the bad". "I don't think guns are a bad thing, '" Noel King noted.

"It's never too soon to talk about this, only too late", Mary Ann Jacobs, a survivor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 26 teachers and students in 2012, told the protesters from the stage.

Marches also took place at a number of cities in New Zealand, organised by university students.

Sam Hendler, a 16-year-old student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High was at the rally to read the victims' names.

"Many [African-American] communities are disproportionately affected by gun violence, but they don't get the same share of media attention that we do", said David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Ahead of one of those planned marches in Milwaukee, students rallied outside a school to demand action from lawmakers and gain support throughout the community.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has told several thousand people demonstrating for stricter gun control that adults have a responsibility to stand up and protect all children.

Watch demonstrators speak live in Washington D.C. "When I come to school, I don't want to have to look for the nearest exit".

Some hope that Saturday's marches will bring people together on the gun issue.

An estimated half-million students from across the United States are expected to march in the USA capital on Saturday to demand gun reform. "No one knows that those guns exist".

Huffman, who jokingly described himself as "a 54-year-old white guy", said that while people have fought about this issue again and again, it feels like "there's traction this time".

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Thweatt wasn't happy when students walked out of class in other parts of the country last week, but he doesn't have a problem with them marching on their own time.

They say they just want to be heard. Washington officials say they are prepared to handle the crowds - more prepared than they were for the women's march, which far exceeded the organizers' official predictions of 300,000.

He disagrees with regulating high-capacity magazines and imposing universal background checks. He said that gunmen need to know they face a risk when they enter a school to shoot innocent kids. But doing away with bump stocks makes "a little more sense", he said.

She's met a lot of people who, like Kasky and his classmates in Parkland, are survivors are gun violence and plan to attend.

Democrat Cody Campbell, a 42-year-old IT worker from Atlanta, suggested that the financial impact of the gun industry would prevent meaningful change.

More than 800 demonstrations were scheduled in the United States and overseas, according to coordinators, with events as far afield as London, Mauritius and Stockholm.

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