Kilgore College students offer bite-sized conversations on curbing gun violence

Helen and Katie Dugan

Helen and Katie Dugan

Instead of fighting fire with fire, educators and students called on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior to combat gun violence across the country, choosing to use light to end the darkness.

"The turnout has been steadily declining since 2014 and I expect they will continue downhill".

On Friday, Trump signed a $1.3tn spending bill that includes modest improvements to background checks for gun sales and grants to help schools prevent gun violence.

"We gather the nation tonight on one of the most critical issues of our day", Cope, provost of the Cathedral, said.

Participants hold up signs as students and gun control advocates hold the "March for Our Lives" event demanding gun control after recent school shootings at a rally in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2018.

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"They feel the need to make a difference and because of that, Saturday's march becomes an opportunity for their activism to impact their parents and relatives, whether they themselves turn out to the polls or not".

Event organizers encourage those who attend to bring a flower they can place at a memorial that will set up to honor the lives lost in the Parkland Fla. shooting on February 14.

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

"It's an honor and a privilege to represent Vegas out here", she said.

More than 800 demonstrations were set to take place in the United States and around the world, according to co-ordinators, with sister events taking place as far afield as London, Mauritius, and Stockholm.

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The resolution urged President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress "to implement meaningful action to address access to and ownership of military-style assault weapons and ammunition, the delivery of mental health services, and financial support to ensure a safe and secure school climate".

The four Memorial students acknowledged not all their classmates agree with their gun-control stance.

"We wanted people to come over and hear what we have to say", she said, offering free "March for Our Lives" bracelets to anyone interested and selling bagged desserts for 50-cents each. Some students defend their right to bear arms and see gun controls as a threat, they say. "We are going to make a difference".

Craig Taylor, editor of Five Dials magazine and author of Londoners, created an interactive digital story about one survivor of a shooting in Utah.

"I was born in 1999, so I was born when Columbine happened", Reese said.

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"Because we live so close to the border, we certainly are affected by American policies around guns", Ohana said.

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