Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Delaney Tarr told the Washington, D.C. March for Our Lives rally told the crowd that Saturday’s march wasn’t about a single day but it was a movement they will never stop.
“This is more than a march, more than an event and then moving on,” she told the crowd, which stretched farther than her eyes could see from the stage. “This is not a publicity stunt, a single day in the span of history. This is a movement relying on the persistence and passion of its people. We cannot move on. If we move on, the NRA and those against us will win.”
She explained that the gun lobby wants people to forget each shooting. That each time, in shooting after shooting, they tell the world it’s “too soon” to talk about the sudden deaths the came at the end of a gun.
“They want our voices to be silenced,” Tarr said. “And they want to retreat into the shadows where they can remain unnoticed. They want to be back on top, unquestioned in their corruption. But we cannot and will not let that happen. Today and everyday day, we will continue to fight for those things that are right. We will continue to fight for common sense. We will continue to fight for our lives. We will continue to fight for our dead friends.”
She warned their antagonists that the 100,000-plus protester crowd would not falter, nor pause in their fight for their lives.
“Every moment will be dedicated to those pieces of legislation,” she said. “Every march, every meeting, every moment, all for that assault weapons ban to keep these weapons out of the hands of civilians who do not need them. All or for the prohibition of high magazines, because no hunter will need access to people in mere minutes. For the closing of loopholes.”
She noted that they will join with anyone, big or small, to fight back forever.
“When they give us that inch, that bump stock ban, we will take a mile,” she warned Washington. “We’re not here for breadcrumbs. we’re here for real change. we are here to lead. we are here to call out every single politician, to force them into enacting this legislation, to addressing this legislation, to doing more than a simple band-aid on a broken bone. The pressure is on for every person in power. It will stay that way, because they know what is coming. They know that if there is no assault weapons ban passed, then we will vote them out. They know that if there is no tightening of the background checks, we will vote them out. They know that if there is no shrinking of magazine capacity, then we will vote them out.”
She warned politicians that if they continue to ignore Americans, and only pretend to listen, they will be voted out of office.
“We will take action every day, in every way, until they simply cannot ignore us anymore. Today we march, we fight, we roar. We prepare our signs. We raise them high. We know what we want. We know how to get it. and we’re not waiting any longer,” she closed
Venice coffee costs German tourists 950 euros and they were asked to leave the city
Two German tourists were fined Friday for making themselves a coffee on the steps of the famous Rialto bridge in Venice and asked to leave the city, the municipal authorities said.
The two backpackers from Berlin, aged 32 and 35, had made themselves comfortable at the foot of the world-famous landmark and got out their portable coffee-making equipment when they were spotted by a passer-by and reported to the police, the city authorities said in a statement.
Using a newly-passed law, police officers fined them 950 euros ($1,050) for unseemly behavior and asked them to leave Venice.
School district threatens parents their children may be put in foster care over unpaid lunch bills
A Luzerne County, Pennsylvania school district is under fire for sending letters to parents who owe money for their children's lunches. The letters threaten that if the bills remain unpaid their children could be removed from their homes and placed in foster care.
"Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without breakfast and/or lunch. This is a failure to provide your child with proper nutrition and you can be sent to Dependency Court for neglecting your child's right to food," the letter reads, as NBC News reported.
Trump pits Apollo 11 astronauts against NASA chief — he thinks he understands space travel better
President Donald Trump welcomed surviving Apollo 11 crew members Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the White House Friday, using the occasion to tell his space chief he would prefer to go straight to Mars without returning to the Moon.
It is a theme he had touched upon earlier this month in a tweet, and this time drew on the support of the two former astronauts, who are taking part in celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of their mission, to make his case to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.
"To get to Mars, you have to land on the Moon, they say," said Trump, without looking convinced.