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The Most Powerful Moment At The 'March For Our Lives' Rally

26 March 2018

The March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. and elsewhere in the United States, organised by the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida was galvanised by the presence of prominent Hollywood stars, who also lent their support to the anti-gun violence demonstration.

Sam Fuentes, 18, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was shot in both legs and struck in the face with shrapnel on February 14 when Nikolas Cruz opened fired, killing 17 and injuring at least 17.

Nicholas Dworet was a senior preparing to go to college in Indianapolis when he was gunned down.

"And I saved Nicholas for the end, because today is Nicholas' birthday", Kasky said over loudspeakers to thousands gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue. "You have inspired all of us by your actions and poise".

She asked the crowd to join her in singing "Happy Birthday" for one of the 17 Parkland victims, Nicholas Dworet.

"This issue is so important to me, especially as a high school student, and especially because I want to. work in politics when I'm older". This should not happen that an innocent kid going into school to gain knowledge and education does not return home one evening.

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"We were bawling our eyes out at all the speakers", Ciana Calixto said.

"Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds", she said.

At first the Calixtos didn't understand what Gonzalez was doing.

Then she continued with her speech, saying: "Our mission is simple, and our visions are unbeatable".

Aborn says the Parkland students are resilient and have grit, noting that the group has all the elements of a successful movement. "At some point, people will listen".

Invoking her grandfather's immortal words, she said with a beaming smile: 'I have a dream that enough is enough.

"We never know when a sound or a smell is going to set us off, " she said of the lingering post-traumatic symptoms of many who survived the shootings.

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"We need to create the country we want to live in", she said.

The march was organized by youth, and no adults spoke during the almost three-hour event.

Host Colion Noir, whose real name is Collins Iyare Idehen Jr., said in a video put out by the National Rifle Association on Thursday that the shooting survivors rallying for gun control measures are only relevant because of the horrific deaths of their classmates. The organization's youth arm helped coordinate nationwide walkouts earlier this month in coordination with the #NeverAgain movement.

"We are here because we know we can make a change". Our voices are powerful and our votes matter. "And usually the one in DC is the biggest one, so it's kind of cool that probably millions of people are here", she said.

Kasky spoke about how he and his fellow students were forced to become adults after the shooting and "were targeted as adults", referring to those who accused him and others of being actors. "For far too long, these names ... have been just numbers", she said. "We will continue to fight for our lives".

Then Emma said nothing for over four minutes. "I take that same course".

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The Most Powerful Moment At The 'March For Our Lives' Rally