Young survivors of Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida have announced a national march on Washington to demand political action on gun control.
The Florida school attack, which left 17 students and staff members dead, was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012.
Student organizers told US media that they were determined to make Wednesday’s shooting a turning point in the national gun debate.
Yesterday protestors chanted “shame on you” to US lawmakers and the president.
In his first public comments on the gun control issue since the attack, Mr Trump blamed the Democrats for not passing legislation when they controlled Congress during the early years of Barack Obama’s administration. However last year Mr Trump said he would “never” infringe on the right to keep arms – a long-running and contested debate within the US.
He also rebuked the FBI for missing signals before Wednesday’s school shooting, after the organization admitted it had failed to act on a tip-off about the suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas announced their March for Our Lives campaign while speaking on US television networks on Sunday morning.
They are planning to march on Washington on 24 March to demand that children and their families “become a priority” to US lawmakers. They want other protests to happen simultaneously in other cities on the same day.
“We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around,” Cameron Kasky, a survivor from the school said.
It is one of many student-led protests amassing support on social media in the wake of Wednesday’s attack.