11-year-old speaks up for black girls

Emma Gonzales and Alex Wind

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Toronto by midday Saturday to show their support for the cause.

In Washington, survivors of last month's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, assembled to lead a rally, called the March for Our Lives, along Pennsylvania Avenue, delivering a message of #NeverAgain. The march will be lead student activists and Congressman John Lewis.

The March For Our Lives happened to coincide with her organization's Saturday night Key West gala, and she was wearing a blue T-shirt honoring the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people - the worst such massacre in modern US history. And that makes the idea of the "Buy 21" bill, or any ban on assault weapons, hard to see getting through the Congress, unless there is major change in the makeup of the U.S. House and Senate. "Of course we're advising [on] everything ... but we've really been focusing on those last kind of little final pieces. that'll make our march so much more".

Below, see more social media reactions to the march.

On Saturday, the White House said in a statement, "We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today".

Hayley hit out at US President Donald Trump's proposal to arm teachers.

The legislation included only some school safety measures and modest improvements to background checks.

"Fight for your lives before it's someone else's job", said Emma Gonzalez, another survivor of the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School shooting.

Kyle Fogarty, 16, of Swissvale, started losing is voice long before the group of about 200 students paused to take in the rally before the start of the march.

Johnson said that if the legislators fail in the initiative to create gun control, then they will be voted out in the November elections.

His words were met with a chant of "vote them out" from the crowd.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren had coffee with the organizers prior the march, and said she believes they have the power and momentum to make meaningful change. Add Gun Control as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Gun Control news, video, and analysis from ABC News. A spokesman for the National Rifle Association declined repeated requests for comment.

Trump is at his Florida home for the weekend. The city was one of many participating in the demonstrations.

A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "Hey, Hey, NRA!"

"What an inspiration they are", she said.

The 18-year-old student activist, who survived the shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addressed the crowd by first reading the names of the students and educators who were killed in the February 14 massacre.

Another MSD student, Meghan Bonner, told the demonstrators that she wasn't surprised when she learned the identity of the shooter because it was obvious something was wrong with him.

The ultimate goal, the students said, is to harness the support into actual voters, with their sights set on November's midterms. We'll always have this memory in our minds; it will never disappear. "We can not allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students", the organizers said in their online mission statement.

By all appearances - there were no official numbers - Washington's March for Our Lives rally rivaled the women's march a year ago that drew far more than the predicted 300,000. From gun violence survivors to gun reform supporters, from teens to adults, everyone at these marches today is calling for meaningful action to stop gun violence.

"We can not allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes", the group said on the website. Our children and teachers are dying. "Keeping our children safe is a top priority" of the President. More than 500,000 are expected to march for gun control at rallies nationwide on March 24. "I'm marching for them, I'm marching for the students in Parkland".

"School is not be a place where kids should go to be afraid for their lives", she said in one video, where she holds a "Disarm Hate" sign. "We have an important role to play in insuring that no students should ever be afraid to walk down the hallway of their school", said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), whose district includes Parkland, Florida.

Students from Maryland's Great Mills High School pushed as close as they could to the stage, getting separated into smaller groups and looking to spot friends' telltale green and gold school colors in the crowd.

Amalfi Mendoza accompanied her son, a senior at Stoneman Douglas, for the overnight bus ride - over 20 hours - to the nation's capital. Her mother, 52-year-old Linda Neumann from Ward 6, said emotions around gun violence remained high this week as the school planned a safety drill on Friday. "Imagine it", she said. "And we absolutely have to end gun-free zones".

"I don't think that restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners is the way to fix that."

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