Thousands were expected to rally in Washington DC, New York and other cities in the US and around the world on Saturday, seeking to increase pressure on Congress to enact meaningful federal gun control reform following a spate of mass shootings.7
The March for Our Lives rallies were planned less than a month after 10 Black people were killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and 19 children and two teachers were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Other mass shootings, widely defined as shootings in which four people or more excluding the shooter are hurt or killed, have also helped return the issue to center stage.
Organisers of Saturday’s marches were focusing on holding smaller marches at more locations. The protest in DC was expected to draw 50,000 to the Washington Monument. The 2018 march filled downtown Washington with more than 200,000 people.