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Students protest at White House over gun violence: ‘Fear has no place in our schools’

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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the White House Wednesday, demanding U.S. lawmakers take action on gun violence.

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The protest was just the latest in a series of demonstrations held across the country in wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead.

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The teenagers, along with other advocates, paid tribute to the victims of the shooting by reading their names aloud and holding a moment of silence. They then chanted, calling on the Trump administration for change.

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“Enough is enough,” the demonstrators repeated, adding, “The NRA has got to go.”

They also held up signs with powerful messages that drove home their message.

Students protest against gun violence in front of the White House in Washington.
Students protest against gun violence in front of the White House in Washington. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Students who walked out of their classes at Montgomery County, Maryland schools, protest against gun violence in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., Feb. 21, 2018.
Students who walked out of their classes at Montgomery County, Maryland schools, protest against gun violence in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., Feb. 21, 2018. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
A young woman holds up her hands with words that read ‘Don’t Shoot’ as students demonstrate for stronger gun control laws outside the White House.
A young woman holds up her hands with words that read ‘Don’t Shoot’ as students demonstrate for stronger gun control laws outside the White House. Michael Reynolds/EPA via AP
Students who walked out of their Montgomery County, Maryland, schools protest against gun violence in front of the White House, Feb. 21, 2018.
Students who walked out of their Montgomery County, Maryland, schools protest against gun violence in front of the White House, Feb. 21, 2018. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Students call for action on gun violence during a protest outside the White House.
Students call for action on gun violence during a protest outside the White House. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The White House responded the protests, and criticism over U.S. President Donald Trump’s handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, saying it will hold a “listening session” with students Wednesday.

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As the surviving students of shooting advocate for more action on guns, Trump wants to show that he has been swayed by the incident in Florida and was willing to listen to proposals.

Still, Trump, a strong and vocal supporter of gun rights, has not endorsed more robust changes sought by gun control activists.

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On Tuesday, Trump directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.

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Students walk out of school to protest gun violence in Washington D.C.

The same time as students called for action in Washington, a similar protest was held in Florida.

Hundreds of protestors gather at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida.
Hundreds of protestors gather at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida. Colin Abbey/EPA via AP
A woman holds a sign at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida.
A woman holds a sign at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida. Colin Abbey/EPA via AP

There, too, students received attention and a warm reception, but politicians did not offer specific answers.

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The students’ biggest wish — banning assault-type weapons such as the AR-15, the weapon used by suspect Nikolas Cruz — was taken off the table the previous day in the House.

The move left survivors of the school shooting in tears.

The students are planning more protests in the coming weeks, specifically one dubbed “March For Our Lives,” which is slated to take place in Washington, D.C. on March 24.

— With files from The Associated Press