Dozens of protesters are rallying outside the U.S. Embassy in London in solidarity with the "March for Our Lives" protest against gun violence. There's not a day that goes by when I don't think about my son.
"There needs to be a change when it comes to gun laws so children stop dying in schools", Kilmurray, a 17-year-old senior, said when asked what message she hopes today's marches send to Congress. "Now it feels like we lost our sense of security".
"Our goal is that this march leads to action taken from within our government", he said. They've finally gotten to the point they realize they're the generation that can make a change.
Large rallies also took shape in such cities as Boston, Houston and Parkland, Florida, the site of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.
"They've grown up seeing gun violence". "If the generations before us aren't going to fix it, we are going to fix it ourselves, and for the kids who come after us".
Since the shooting at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999 in which 13 people were killed, gun controls have not been enacted, she said.
Marches are also scheduled in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a rallies in London, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin. We don't need teachers carrying guns now.
Students have directed much criticism at gun advocates the National Rifle Association (NRA) and have called for measures including tighter background checks and a ban on assault weapons such as the one used in the recent massacre.
Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel has told state lawmakers during a national discussion on gun violence earlier this month that publicizing that students will be armed with these stones may also deter potential shooters. He said he grew up in an era of school violence.
"We're not just gonna stand back and be quiet", said Eden Alemayehu, 17, a student at Lexington High School.
"If they're going to stand up, I'm going to stand with them". "We no longer want schools to be the new American battleground". "I understand the Second Amendment is important".
A poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that 69 percent of respondents and half of Republicans now favor stronger gun control laws. That's up from 61 percent who said the same in October 2016 and 55 percent when the AP first asked the question in October 2013.
On the local march's Facebook event page, roughly 1,200 people indicated they were attending and another 2,200 people said they were interested in attending, as of Friday evening.