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March For Our Lives

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands marched in 800+ locations all over the U.S. to push for gun control in the ‘March For Our Lives’. Survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, such as David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, commemorated their classmates who were shot, and called for action on gun control.

The response

The National Rifle Association (NRA) uploaded a YouTube video (2 min) called ‘The March For Their Lies’, which discusses why harsher gun laws would not solve the problem of school shootings. The White House responded by issuing a statement which says they “applaud the many courageous young Americans”, and listed Trump’s efforts to end gun violence.

Leaning Right:

Town Hall: Surprise, Surprise: March For Our Lives Once Again Shows Why The Left Can’t Be Trusted On Gun Control

Fox News: March for Our Lives: Gun control ideas sound good, but are deeply flawed and won't save lives

The right called this the ‘March To Take Away Our Rights’, and highlighted how the gun control policies proposed at the march will erode our constitutional freedoms. They break down the student’s proposals for gun control and offer counter-arguments for the proposed gun measures. They point out that only 47% of 13-17 year olds in America believe gun control is the solution to gun violence, a fact they say the media glosses over because gun control is the “in thing.”

Leaning Left:

Huffington Post: Students March For Their Lives As Trump Chills At Golf Course, Largely Ignores Them

The New Yorker: The March for Our Lives Presents a Radical New Model for Youth Protest

The left focuses on how the students have been as “polite as can be” while still bringing attention to gun violence. They call the rally “empowering” and “incredible”, and say that the students are fighting for the lives of young people everywhere. The left also criticizes Trump for spending the day at his golf course, and not addressing the march on Twitter. In addition, they critique Trump’s action on gun control, calling it just a “tiny step” in the right direction.

Where do we go from here?

It seems that Trump is willing to budge on gun control. His flip-flopping on the topic makes it clear that he is ready to take action, but is still afraid of NRA backlash. The NRA is no-doubt a powerful gun lobby and even though Trump tells others to stand up to them, he can’t seem to do so himself. If Trump is able to stick to his guns - he might be able to force Congressional leaders to push for serious gun legislation.

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