tv Anti- Gun Violence Student Rally in DC CSPAN March 16, 2018 6:19pm-8:01pm EDT
on literature. and the impact on government, legal systems, education and human rights. with the museums director seth hollinger. he will also take your calls during the program. watch this weekend on the c-span networks. >> high school students in the washington d.c. area led a walkout and a rally on the grounds of the us capital on wednesday.to push congress to act on gun policy and school safety. student leaders, house minority leader, nancy pelosi, chuck schumer, senator bernie sanders and other lawmakers spoke to the crowd. [cheering] [inaudible conversations]
[inaudible conversations] >> can everyone hear me over there? all right, we're going to get started. how is everyone doing today? are you ready to stand up for change and say enough is enough? we are going to bring up the senior at blair high school as part of the program. >> good morning students! my name is -- a senior at montgomery blair high school. and a proud student for gun control. we founded this organization a week after the parkland shooting for giving students a voice in the fight for stricter gun control.
[chanting] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning students! [cheering] >> i am a senior at montgomery blair high school. and a proud member of montgomery county students for gun control. we founded the organization a week after the parkland shooting to give students a voice in the fight for stricter gun control. we have proven that now is the time for change!
[cheering] i am inspired and empowered by each and every one of you who has walked out today. [cheering] an hour ago, we stood with our backs to the white house for 17 minutes to honor the victims of the shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. we remain silent, hands rest standing together as one. what parkland shows is that this could happen in any one of our schools. and we as students can take this anymore. [cheering] we have to fight to create change. we had to stand up against the status quo and we have to call on congress and keep calling until they hear our message.
if you can speak, speak! if you can march, march! and when you can vote, vote! [applause] our voices matter and when we stand up, when we speak out, make it harder for those in power to continue doing nothing. no more silence! not one more minute! [applause] today we are doing more than just taking our first step. we are about to hear from powerful student leaders and some of our elected representatives about the fight for gun control. i encourage you to use twitter, instagram, social media. anything you can with the # enough is enough we want to
spread our message much further than just this area. together, we are taking a giant leap in the right direction. i want to take a moment -- [cheering] i want to say thank you to the leaders for showing solidarity today. for this reason i deeply wanted to introduce someone that has been an active advocate for gun control in congress. please join me in welcoming house minority leader, nancy pelosi. [applause] >> good morning! thank you brenna levitan and thank you all of the montgomery county students for your courage to stand up and speak up and walked out.i'm proud to be here with you. they organized with our leader
in this issue representing in congress the students who have sacrificed so much. spoken so eloquently, commanded the attention of the nation. -- helped organize a walkout that all of us are honored to be a part of. [cheering] the solidarity walkout. we are all moved by your eloquence and your fearless insistence on action to prevent gun violence. thank you will bring your urgency to this fight to the doorstep of america. the doorstep of the capital of the united states. our congressional solidarity walkout is to say, enough is enough! whether it is orlando, san bernardino, south carolina, las vegas, sutherland springs,
parkland, homes across the nation. there been too much violence, too much heartbreak. all of the american people overwhelmingly support commonsense action to prevent the tragedy of gun violence. 97 percent of americans support strengthening background checks including 97 percent of gun owners. what more do they need to hear? there is a bipartisan tax in congress. we need a vote now! we need a vote now! we need a vote now! and so, i want to say to all of you, you are creating with this walkout today, and your ongoing challenge to all of us for the conscience of america, you're creating a drumbeat across america.a drumbeat that will echo until we get the job done. i say -- [applause] i say to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, no one's
political survival is more important than the survival of our children. let's get the job done. we need the help of young people like you. thank you for your eloquence, your courage, your presence and for your insistence that enough is enough. we want a vote now. now it is my privilege to introduce the board president of montgomery county public schools, thank you all! thank you all very much! [applause] >> good morning! good my name is matt, i believe that as students we need to
make some things clear. restart will not sit in classrooms with armed teachers. [applause] we refuse to learn and fear. we were just turning our schools into prisons. [applause] we will accept nothing less then comprehensive gun control. and if it is what it takes, will shame our national policymakers into protecting us. [applause] not just in schools, but in churches, movie theaters, on the street and the communities of color which are disproportionately devastated by the sickness of gun violence. [applause] the lawmakers who failed to support us, those who look for every answer to our nation gun problem with the guns themselves will be complicit in everything that comes after. every politician sitting in
congress working behind us, you get to decide who lives. and so this is not a partisan issue for us. there is nothing cosmetic about life or death. this is about guns and it is about morality as a country. when the commander-in-chief solution to this country gun problem is more guns, you know we have a moral problem in the white house. [applause] we are national policymakers, they value the money the nra over the lives of children. you know we have a moral problem in the halls of congress. she. [applause] when in the coming weeks and months, more of my peers will be slaughtered in their own classrooms. when their deaths will be dismissed as collateral, you know that we have a moral problem in this country.
[applause] let's make one last things clear. there write you on an assault rifle does not outweigh our right to live. [applause] the adult have failed us. this is in our hands now. and if any elected official gets in our way we will vote them out and replace them ourselves! [applause] enough is enough! enough is enough! now it is my pleasure to introduce a senator who has fought for
us and fought for this cause for a long time. senate minority leader, chuck schumer. [applause] >> let's hear it for matt post and his great words. folks, one month ago, 17 americans, 14 children were killed at marjory stoneman douglas douglas high school.
let us remember the thousands upon thousands of children who have died at the hands of gun violence. yesterday, there were 7000 pairs of unworn shoes here on the east front of the capital. representing 7000 kids whose lives would have been before them. 7000 kids who died of gun violence only since sandy hook. enough is enough. [applause] now everyone, i have been through these wars.i'm the author of the brady law and the assault weapons ban during the nra -- [applause] the nra has maybe public enemy number one and i am proud of it! [applause] and we have been fighting for 10 years. every time of the viselike grip of the nra on the necks of some
of these politicians has succeeded. but this time, it won't! do you want to know why? it won't be because we have you! [applause] and together, we are going to win! we are going to win! we are going to win! we are going to win! we are going to win! we are going to win!. we are going to win! don't give up the fight! we will win! now it is my honor to introduce a great senator who has worked so hard after this was in his day. the horrible violence of stoneman douglas. your great senator, fighter the
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keep us safe. senator bill nelson of florida. [applause] >> okay, you know we are grieving in florida.and now you are giving voice to that grief and when you march on march 24, it will be a visual expression of the grief that we have been through. it is common sense that we should have universal background checks. [applause] and it is common sense that we should get the assault rifles and the banana clips off the streets. [applause]
keep on marching and keep on speaking out. thank you and god bless you. [applause] >> hello! i am a student at john f. kennedy high school in montgomery county. [applause] 25 years ago, my parents came to montgomery county because they believe promise of his country. he told me about their hardships because they had in their native country. and their education system. supposedly not as developed as ours, they do not have enough papers and pencils for students. yet through all of the lack of resources, or all of their struggles, then a graduate of someone barging into the classroom with an assault rifle and slaughtering everyone in our class. that is an american tragedy. [applause] they never had to think about getting shot at any moment. that is an american thought.
and they never had to worry that their child would be the victim of a mass shooting. it is american worry. in the united states, we have gun control laws for the -- women on this solution since columbine. congress has done nothing. we have to keep weapons from everybody and expand on mental health resources. [applause] the solution is not arming teachers nor to our more people. my parents -- together, we will get stricter gun reforms because it is the right thing to do. we will do background checks because it is the right thing to do. and we will optimize the psychiatric evaluations because it too is the right thing to do. [applause] our lives are worth more than the millions of nra dollars dumped into political
campaigns. [applause] on these issues let me be clear, there is no compromise. we are not seeking a republican solution or democratic solution. we are seeking an american revolution. [applause] let's revive the belief that individuals like my parents had and the promise of this country so that we can remove these profound feelings of fear and anxiety and what should be our safest institutions. thank you. [applause] an i am delighted to welcome senator murphy, blumenthal and representative -- thank you. [applause] >> great job! >> good job. [applause] >> how are we doing washington d.c.? [applause] let me tell you what happened
in my life yesterday. my six-year-old went to his kindergarten class yesterday. and got locked in a bathroom with 24 of his classmates for an active shooter drill. that should never happen in the united states of america. no one should ever have to go through that! [applause] and i just have a couple simple questions for the people here. for the students here that will lead this movement. i want to know, are you prepared to do whatever it takes to beat the gun lobby? there are you going to held every person in this building accountable for your safety? [cheering] are you going to vote out of office to the people to take the gun lobby money and put your safety at risk? [applause] are you students america going to leave this movement to victory? [applause] there is no great social change
movement in this country that has not been led by the youth of america. [applause] i just have one simple message for you. it is not going to be easy. they are going to be defeats before you reach final victory but also, the defining of the social movement in this country is that the ones that sought adversity and pushed through it are the ones that we read about in our history books. by answering yes to all of those questions, i know in the end, that we will beat the nra. will kick out members of congress who do not listen to you and we will deliver change in the end. [applause] >> to have anybody here from connecticut? we do! great! i am richard blumenthal.i am proud to be a united states senator from connecticut with chris murphy and to be here with our great congressional colleague elizabeth.
if it were up to me, i wouldn't give every one of you and an "a" america owes you an "a" for your grade for today. now, i am actually proud of the grade that i got from the nra. it is an "f". [applause] the reason it is an "f" grade is for two decades, i have thought for sensible commonsense measures against gun violence. but i have never felt as close to victory. i've never felt as close to victory as we are today. [applause] because of you!
because you have the energy and passion not just to walk out of school, but to walk into this building and make change happen! that is what is going to take. let me ask you -- [applause] are we going to ban assault weapons? [cheering] are we going to have universal background checks? [chanting] and are we going to give parents and law enforcement the right to take away guns from people who threaten to blow up schools or kill people? [cheering] we need to remember that change has always come because of young people in the civil rights movement, in the antiwar movement, in the american equality movement and in today's movement, it is a
movement! are you willing to be part of it and fight to the end? [applause] well, long after we are gone, you are going to remember this day. and america will remember that you were here. thank you so much for your energy and passion. [applause] we will win! >> my name is elizabeth -- okay. >> testing. testing. >> is it on now? did you test it? >> testing. can you hear me?
[cheering] >> can you hear me? is it working? all right, is it working? yes! okay! my name is elizabeth esty. i am wearing green for the six and seven-year-olds kids who were killed in my district in newtown connecticut. this generation, you are making the difference. you are america's leaders because you know we have to do better. [cheering] democracy is about the will of the people. 97 percent want these laws changed. and what are they doing? nothing! what are you going to do? change! we are going to change the laws and we are going to change who is in congress. we can get --
>> all right! the kids of newtown were too young to speak for themselves. but you are high school students, you need to hold the congress to account! and we changed the laws in congress or we will change congress. [applause] the folks in this building, they can lead, they can follow or they can start looking for new jobs! [applause] it is my pleasure to announce emily from einstein! [applause] >> my name is emily and i go to elbert einstein high school. i'm going to start off with a request. raise your hand if you feel unsafe at school. look around.
and yet, they don't understand why. they don't understand why we are here today. they don't understand why we were here three weeks ago. they don't understand why we are asking for stricter gun laws. they do not understand what you want stricter background checks. they can't wrap their heads around the fact that teenagers all across america are taking time and leading this movement. [applause] they do not understand that we are not going anywhere until we see change in our system. we the people have a responsibility to protect our own. and we the children, have taken upon ourselves to put you, the adults, in that direction. because it is not -- [applause] it is not simply about gun control anymore.
because this is -- weight. [laughter] this is not simply about gun control. this is about human life. this is about the children who have lost lives to gun violence. i asked our republican lawmakers, is their right to have begun more than our right to live? [applause] we are not here to take away the second amendment. we were here to make sure that those who are not fit to carry a weapon, do not carry a weapon! [applause] on average, 46 children are shot every day and out of those, seven die. and so i ask again, are there rights to carry a weapon more important than our right to live? since january of last year our company is -- our country is more divided than ever. we had the black lives matter movement, we had immigrant
rights movement and now we come together for this gun control movement. this is not limited to one race or ethnicity. because it affects us all. and i'm here is a latina dissident minority communities -- should not feel as though their voices are not heard. we have been dealing with this issue for so long. [cheering] [speaking in spanish] [cheering] [speaking in spanish]
[applause] [applause] now it is my pleasure to introduce to you, are presented -- our representative. >> thank you emily, thank you for inviting me and allow me to be part of this. i want to start with a quote. what we are not talking about weapons for hunting or sport. we're not talking about those designed to kill human beings. it is about time that we stand up and say that we will not allow them in our community. [applause]
that was from the chicago tribune. in february 1993. 25 years ago, almost to the date. the article has a headline, new congressman takes aim at guns. the new congressman was me. [applause] and 25 years ago, one of my proudest moments as a freshman congressman, was to vote for an assault weapons ban. [applause] now, we need action and not talk. and we need laws, not nice thoughts and prayers. [applause] we need safety and security, not talking points. [applause] it was 25 years ago when i was quoted. none of you were born. [laughter]
yet, we are all still here. and after a decade-long assault weapons ban expired, we are still asking the people in the building behind us to adopt common sense laws. 17 killed in parkland. in just a few minutes. and chicago. chicago -- 400 shot this year alone through march. and last year in my city, 600 murdered. it is a national tragedy. even so, we have tough gun control laws in our city. let me tell you something that changed. from 25 years ago. it is not just that i am a senior citizen. [laughter] i look at the crowd. i see the future. i see you. and i came here to say, thank
you. [applause] because i know you will accomplish what i and others have failed to do. ... [applause] and i know you know this one and they will attend it together. [applause] [speaking spanish] i want to tell all of you because i know there are dreamers walking among you. [applause] march for them. march for safety. you know why i am before this
microphone? because black lives matter. [applause] because in the 60s when i was in high school there were black americans who defied the system and said we needed voting rights and we needed equal rights. [speaking spanish] [applause] >> you know in 1972 i got the first chance to vote. they change it from 21 to 18. i think that was a smart decision. i think a smart decision is rethinking once again the voting age so younger people can vote. [applause] [speaking spanish] [chanting]
[chanting] [applause] can everybody hear me? can you guys hear me? my name is michael solomon. i'm a sophomore at spring burke high school. i want to thank everybody who helped us all the individuals in the organizations. we couldn't have done this without you guys. most of all i want to thank every single one of you out here because you guys are the fuel that is the engine that this needs to run on. [applause] i want all of you to know you are all on the right side of history for this.
[applause] now personally i'm glad to take part in a powerful nationwide movement like the one we are in today. we can all agree none of us would be here in an ideal world with 20 first-graders and kindergartners who died at sandy hook would be in middle school today. 58 concertgoers gunned down in las vegas would have returned to their families. the 32 students who died at virginia tech would be employed professionals and the 17 individuals from stoneman douglas would be eating lunch right now the only thing they be wearing about was the dash for next year. [applause] but unfortunately this is a case case. unfortunately we live in a country where lawmakers are more concerned about their contributions from the nra than they are about the lives of
their own constituents. [applause] and thanks to people like them you and i have to go to school every day and wonder in the back of our minds if we will even make it to graduation. that shouldn't happen. so, this will go on for no longer. we the students of the united states have a message for all of you in congress. if you don't give a strict your background checks restrictions on ar-15 style weapons and easier access to mental health resources you will pay dearly at the ballot box. [applause] by this november most of us are 18 and a lot of us will be 18 by november and that's when the midterm elections start. [applause]
so i can promise you this. do your job, give us concrete solutions and for once value our lives over your bank accounts or we will vote you out! [applause] >> i want everyone to remember after watching this nor is it pointless effort it will bear no free. i urge everyone here come everyone watching to remember history, to remember that the march on washington and the civil rights movement brought us the voting rights in the civil rights act of the 1960s. [applause] i want everyone to remember that the protests from the women's suffrage movement gave us the 19th amendment. [applause] and so on and so forth. i want all of you to know that all of us will join their ranks in the history books because we
too will remain persistent until there is real change. thank you. [applause] and now i would like to introduce senator van hollen and senator cardin. [applause] >> thank you michael. do we have montgomery county maryland in the house? [applause] this time it will be different. [applause] america is listening to your voice is and the students around the country. when it comes to gun safety legislation, you will not take no as an answer. [applause] you will demand that we have gun safety because it's your future and america's future.
that's what that says. [applause] i plan to be there along with my colleagues and make it clear, we will demand comprehensive background checks for anyone to buy a gun. [applause] we want the end of the assault type weapons in america. [applause] and we don't want any more guns in our schools. [applause] your voice is must be heard. we are so proud of the students from maryland better here. we are proud of the students around the nation. we look forward to joining you on march the 24th. america will no and the america we must act. [applause]
>> from the students of maryland to the students of this region, to students all over america, we have a simple message to all of you, which is know your power. you can change the direction of america. [applause] you are not only the future of america, you are the conscience of america and you were here to ask america to do the right thing. you are here to say that is unacceptable in america for students to be slaughtered in their schools. [applause] it is wrong in america for people to go to concerts and end up in carnage. and it is unacceptable in america to see this daily toll of gun violence on streets throughout our country.
[applause] earlier this morning on the floor of the senate, senator cardin and i ran the names of victims of gun violence in maryland, including 17 young people, people under 20 who were victims in maryland just in the last year. people from all over our state, like people all over the country are crying out and saying we are mad as and we are not going to take it anymore. [applause] we have to get assault weapons off of our street. we have to have universal gun background checks. the answer is not for guns in school. [applause] teachers should be armed with knowledge, not with weapons. [applause] now just the other day over at the white house when the cameras
were on, chief executive ask the question who is afraid of the nra? well we found out that he was afraid of the nra, but are you afraid of the nra? we need to make sure that every member of congress republican, democrats, people of all political stripes are more afraid of the next school massacre and they are more afraid of the next death on the streets in our country, more afraid of that than they are afraid of the nra. [applause] and you the student movement are what is going to make it happen. you are what's different this time so i have one simple question because the nra and the gun lobby, they are counting on all of you to go away after
today. are you going to go away? are you going to be back here on march 24? are you going to make sure we fight every week and every month and every year until we have a safe america? [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] >> hi i am so upon and i'm a senior. i would like to thank everyone for coming out here. we are the change -- coming up after next speaker are representatives jamie raskin representative eleanor holmes representative ted deutch.
[cheers and applause] we are so privileged that he is lending us his voice today. ladies and gentlemen of award-winning poet joseph green. [applause] >> how is everybody doing today? [applause] i am honored to be here. my name is joseph green and i'm a poet, an activist and educator in the youth program coordinator at the national arts and social justice organization. i am not only that, i'm a black man, i am a father and i have been charged with the mission of creating space for young people and city plagued with gun violence for far too long. i see before me today a generation of youth ready to take on the real issues of our
time. and i know that each of you is knowledgeable enough to understand that american gun violence starts in the suburbs and is not isolated to our schools. you know that organizations like black lives matter and dozens of others have been fighting where the outrage are not afforded the same level of humanity is or levels of external -- as we are privileged to have here today. if this movement does not come out of the suburbs, if it does not speak to domestic violence, if it seeks to protect some and not others, but attempts to demilitarize the public, if it only succeeds in increasing the safety of those who already have have -- then it will not work.
our potential is only realized if we choose to embrace and support our intersection. together is the only way forward forward. [cheers and applause] i've been asked to do a poem here today. this poem is dedicated to my 4-year-old son and everybody that has been fighting for black lives. today i announced in guilt and i don't know what to do with these -- facebook and twitter told me my friends have joined together in solidarity to fight very well all right, for your life to let this never happen again on the frontline of favre most righteous means and #'s. i realize this has happened before. i wonder if i listen to the recording of your murder will i feel anything different?
to me your life and death is no longer facebook update or a #. i hope somebody is praying for your mother. #put your child's name here #all #all -- i'm overwhelmed by the society busy arguing about whether black lives are important enough to fight for to actually fight for black lives. [cheers and applause] but as i stand here ranting i realized because i don't know what to do with these that they are not bulletproof. they are made of the same brown material that is seen so many murders. i realize that somewhere somebody is still crying for you that somewhere a black mother has purchased all the clothing her children on and burning our
post-racial society and somewhere a black female as followed for suspicion of being black and somewhere hands up please don't shoot, that somewhere please don't shoot me, that somewhere -- that somewhere we still can't breathe, that somewhere we are toasting the man that did this to you and the clans are gathering only this time they won't be wearing hoods, they will be dressed in suits cloaked by law. if you do not look like you belong here you could be murdered and if you look like you belong here you can be murdered. i will not always be able to protect my son. i pray that by day black children in fear, black women and black friends, black
endangered, black males and sons black bodies and deceased is no longer a synonym. [cheers and applause] at night when i take my four-year old sons clothing off i say hands up, henry. he thinks we are playing a game. i pray that when his time comes he will know what to do with his hands. thank you. keep fighting. [cheers and applause] >> when they lgbt community is
an issue we get things done. we stand behind you guys to enact gun control for schools in america. i don't need to tell you that america has endured hundreds of mass shooting sense. including sutherland springs, las vegas and now parkland. this carnage has to stop. we need a comprehensive approach to address this public health crisis that kills thousands of americans each year. as we gather here as students and teachers at marjory stoneman douglas high school it's important to discuss the impact of gun violence in america. all you have to do is look at the numbers to know how well congress is doing comparison. if can congress continues to
take campaign contributions by the nra -- these are the same republicans that tell you there's nothing we can do to curb this gun violence. thousands of people pay for inaction. since 2012 over 70 for 7000 people were killed because of gun violence. every year the number of gun related fatalities increases by 1000. on average 93 americans if they are killed by gun violence. however the nra thinks americans need military-grade assault weapons and large capacity magazines, weapons exclusively designed to kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. america's gun homicide rate is 25 times more, 25 times higher than the average of any other developed country.
aren't we supposed to be leading the rest of the world when it comes to quality of life assurance? is this how you make america great? perhaps we need less uninformed tweets and more legislation. [cheers and applause] despite overwhelming pushback from educators and people with real tangible experience in classrooms, president trump and the nra are working to arm teachers rather than address the actual issues causing gun violence. schools are places of learning, not war zones. [cheers and applause] in our fight to take her community and are safe spaces back we have the opportunity to work with many of the members of congress who are here today. it's imperative for the record nice and applaud them for standing up to hate and inaction inaction.
it's because you are walking out today that anything is even happening. don't hold back. make change happen. [cheers and applause] >> my name is jennifer stein and i'm a volunteer with the maryland chapter of moms demand action for gun control in america. but today i'm here in my own capacity reaching you as a concerned mother of two high school students. i'm so honored to be here today with some of my heroes who i now count among my greatest heroes, the students of america who in unity are saying enough. you have taken up the fight of the lifetime demanding that your
leaders put the public safety ahead of the greedy gunny may then you -- gun manufacturers lobby. i applaud you. we all know, don't we that we can have both the 2nd amendment and, in sense gun laws such as universal background checks. they are not mutually exclusive. some of our leaders have it and too many of our leaders do not. [cheers and applause] i am the mother of two teens that you don't have to be a mother or even a female to be a mom. being a mom is a state of mind, and instinct. moms loving care for other children, oliver nations children and want to protect them from the evil in the world.
that's part of being a mom and you know what tivo? when our elected officials put the interest of gun manufactures ahead of the public safety of the safety of our children. [applause] so what can be done at the graduate level? he don't have except the status quo and here are some rules. one, in maryland you can register when you are as young as 16 years old. my 16-year-old daughter just registered. tell your classmates and friends to register to vote. two, pledge to be a gun since voter. this means once you world must devote you will go to the polls and cast your vote on a single issue, gun violence prevention.
please know that your vote is powerful and it belongs to you to provide a safer future for you and your children. three, find out how much money your lawmakers are accepting from the nra. an important one. if they take money from the gun lobby is it any surprise when they vote just the way the nra wants them to vote on legislation? we must hold our elected officials accountable in their actions are in actions when it comes to common sense gun reform and when you are old enough register yourself as a gun sense candidate. in the meantime volunteer. go to work on a gun sense campaign or a gun violence prevention group. as an admittedly uncool mom of
two high school students want to participate in the walkout on february 21 and the other who i think is here somewhere today, i just want to thank montgomery county students for gun control and inviting us here. i hope you know by now we support you and give you advice. even if you don't agree with everything we say and maybe you go ahead and do whatever you want anyway. that's called dating a teenager but of gun violence prevention is your cause, your issue i think i speak for all of the moms who were here when i say we are here for you. [applause] and finally i just want to thank you all for being the chew adults in the room when it comes
to the disgraceful epidemic of gun violence in this country. history will judge you kindly and as for the adults including the adults that work in this building who fail to protect you and sold you out to the gun lobby they will be judged harshly and with scorn and i hope to see you all back here in d.c. on the 24th for the march. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> dies, look what you are doing. [cheers and applause] and i don't want anyone to -- with you after today. don't let anyone water down your message.
you fight for what is right in the fight for what you believe and because how many of you are going to be able to vote in 2018? how many of you will be able to vote in 2020? [cheers and applause] we have listened to some amazing speakers here today. all of you are going to be the leaders of the future. [applause] and while we have seen so many leaders who show was the gun violence affects their priorities there are too many in this building behind us that did nothing to keep you all safe. [applause] but here's the thing. we need you to vote because we need to change who is in this building. [applause] but that's not enough. we need you to become the next
generation of leaders. this is going to be your world. this is going to be our future and we don't need you out here, we need you in there. [cheers and applause] so can we send a message to congress? i want everyone to repeat after me. can you hear us reap? can you hear a shout? we are going to vote you out. [applause] >> y. name is eri shay and i'm a freshman.
some believe that gun control would do anything but it took only three and a half months for laws to pass that resulted in zero massacres. growing up i had the privilege lived in japan the country that has the lowest violence rate. however you do have the right to own a gun in japan. in order to do that you take a class you have to pass the mantle help examine a comprehensive background check. other countries may be -- and it works. we don't have to live like this in the u.s. and her children don't have to die like this. i see myself in those teens we
see over and over again on the tv running out of the schools with their hands on each other's shoulders. why are our lives at stake? why do we have to worry about her families. why do our kids have to worry about walking to my high school in the morning and being in a body bag in the afternoon. [applause] america is a country with ideas that lead us forward and proud to be an american not only because i love my country but also because i will fight for my country. [applause] i will fight to go to school and be able to come home unharmed. i will fight to go to a
nightclub and just have a good time and i will fight until we are no longer afraid. [cheers and applause] >> the congressman or congresswoman her being paid by the nra are stalling this country's progress. [cheers and applause] when i was young i used to look up to our officials in the government thinking they would protect the american people that they are the ones failing to create the laws we need and we are the ones paying the price. if they fail to make gun control laws in the couple of years what they are not voting out we will. >> hi hello maryland, hello
washington. hello virginia. i thought i would speak to my colleagues today. hey hey nra you can't beat the sga. hey hey nra you can't beat spa. >> a lot are saying what if you you -- what are you people doing on a school day? it's very clear what you are doing. you are changing america. [applause] you are america. that's who you are. and they wonder what gives you
the right to do that. guess what? the amendment that comes before the 2nd amendment, the first amendment is what gives you the right to be here today in the supreme court said in 1969 nay their teachers or students gave up their rights at the schoolhouse gate. you have got the right to speak. you have the right to protest and you are doing it, you are doing it. and that right is only limited to create a disruption of the educational process but it's not the students, it's the inner eye in the politicians who won't act to promote gun safety. [cheers and applause] you are standing up for school safety, you are standing up for order and you are standing up
for real education in america. [cheers and applause] and you were here under mark twain who said never let your schooling get in the way of your education. [applause] are you going to forget the young people slaughtered in parkland? are you going to forget the people slaughtered at home? are you going to forget the young people slaughtered as sandy hook? are you going to forget the young people slaughtered at columbine? are you going to forget the people slaughtered in las vegas, the people of san bernardino county, the people killed every day by handgun violence? are you going to lie down and let the nra roll all over you? are you going to take back america sex are we going to pass a ban on assault weapons?
array going to pass the criminal mental background check? are you going to march on saturday, march 24? we are going to do it with you. thank you for changing america. [cheers and applause] >> hello. my name is christian crawford. i am 17 years old. i've just recently gone to college and i'm looking forward to my future. however i can't do that without thinking about how quickly he can disappear. her name was jamari. she was 17 years old. she was 10 days away from
starting college. she was looking forward to her future. the difference between me and her is that a stray bullet hit her in the head. a stray hole it that was not meant for her. on the street that she had driven down many times before. i found out at work during my closing shift and when i mentioned it to my co-workers he understood because he had this happen to him before. no emotion, just the facts, just the reality. he is only a few years older than me. i didn't leave that this was how we consoled each other. supposed to be a civilized country. we have become so numb to the issue of gun violence that we
have a big population of young people who find it routine to -- their friends to be murdered. how many will it take? this is what we say to each other. have many will it take like this is some science experiment that we have to repeat over and over again to come to the conclusion. we have had enough evidence. we have had enough evidence for a while that there needs to be change. [cheers and applause] we don't need further evidence. we don't need debates and we don't need to have -- we need change. [cheers and applause] i am entering a time in my life that she never got to but i'm going to graduate high school
that 17 kids from marjory stoneman douglas high school never get to see. i go to school each day which window i will jump out of if my school were the next example of gopro can system. this is the mindset that students around our country are forced to experience because our lives don't outweigh money or votes. wisdom states that something is important here you will find a way. that's why we will find a way when we are faced with many excuses. [applause] saying it's because of video games as if america has -- saying that gun control won't
stop some. as if one more graduating class might be able to finish high school without a -- [inaudible] we have voices to speak for those who cannot and will never be able to. some of us will be 18 by next november to vote and we will vote in honor of those who cannot and will never be able to. [applause] we will not let money win. never take your friends for granted. i'm sorry that this is the wisdom that i have to leave you with but it's our reality. but it does not have to be. [cheers and applause] i would like to introduce representative deutsche.
[applause] >> good afternoon everyone. it's a little cold outside here today but i want to tell you as your representative marjory stoneman douglas and the community of parkland what you are doing here today warms our hearts. the opportunity that you have, the inspiration that you are taking for the student survivors of stoneman douglas and the country is taking from all of you is going to change america. [cheers and applause] and i will make it really plain. this place behind us where i work hasn't done the job. but here's the truth.
when it comes to leading the fight to universal background checks, students will lead us and when it comes to pushing forward and banning high-capacity magazines, students will lead us. it is students who will lead us to keep weapons of war off of our streets and it is students who will organize and register and get out to vote and turn over the membership of this body of people who represent america really represent america standing up for gun safety and keeping our kids safe. that's what you are going to do. [cheers and applause] i want to thank you on behalf of my entire community for your leadership year and not just
today with walkouts all around the country but for what's coming in just another week and a half. and i want to finish with that quote from marjory stoneman douglas. she said this. speak up will learn -- forcefully in public and not too long of a time without over emotion always in preparation. be a nuisance when it helps. do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action.
never give up. [cheers and applause] i will see you in 10 days. [cheers and applause] >> my name is aaron torop and i'm a senior at american university. i got to know how intelligent and caring she was over this past summer. on february 14 she was killed at marjory stoneman douglas high school. two days later i attended her funeral. the screams that i heard of her family members are some of the only ways that some people are looked to cope with the grief i want to share the words of edith have brown another student at
douglas. she writes laughing and doing work me and my best friend but little did i know five minutes later her life would come to an end. i hear it now one, two, three, four, five. gunshots? he lytham parkland? how could this be but sometimes your thoughts are not what they seem. all i could think of was how many would be left the screams blasting in my ears. i screamed their name; as my friends and call to use their god, they are dead. no feelings come how -- there are no words to describe nothing else to say that will justify this on valentine's day. the epidemic of gun violence has plagued their nation for far too
long. since sandy hook there have been 1607 mass shootings and over 33,000 people die every year due to gun violence. they are brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers sons and daughters husbands and neighbors. tomorrow they could be us. it is time that we say enough. enough of the nra blocking gun violence prevention message -- movements. in enough on the banned method researching of gun violence. enough to leading gun violence to -- enough is enough. and the jewish state we read from her ancestors if i am only for myself what am i?
and if not now, when? where standing up here for ourselves as students, victims and survivors. we demand to be heard. we will not back down until we are safe. gun violence is not only happening in schools. happens everywhere. unfortunately in some places more than others and some communities are more disproportionately affected by gun violence than others. we must do this now. every single day we fail to take action more innocent lives are lost. it is the powerful truth to know is students we are not the first students to organize a march against gun violence. we are not the first young people to demand our country do more to protect us. role models from future generations have showed us what it means to be student activists.
we are not the student organizers of the 1960s but if we are to be successful today we must learn from them and emulate them. that is why i'm so proud to stand here today with representatives -- john lewis helped lead the original freedom riders and became the chairman of the student nonviolent coordinating committee. representative lewis helped plan the marsh on washington for jobs freedom and admin on what became known as bloody sunday three years ago last week. just like john lewis julian bond diane nash and so many others we too will organize, demonstrate in march.
change happens when young people demand it and we will not back down until it happens, will we? [cheers and applause] we will register voters just like they did during freedom summer. we will walk out on the streets just like they did pretty well stand up to the bull connor's of our day looked him in the eye and tell them that we will not back down. [cheers and applause] we deserve to feel safe in our schools and communities and we continue to follow in the footsteps of student activists from the years before us to make this a reality. it's my distinct honor and humble privilege to welcome the former student activist and -- john lewis. [cheers and applause] >> thank you so much for those kind words of introduction. i'm delighted and very happy and very pleased to see each and
every one of you here. you are a good-looking group. you are beautiful, you are handsome and i know you are very smart. many years ago when i had all of my hair and a few pounds lighter i met rosa parks in 1957 when i was 17. the next year in 1958 i'm at martin luther king jr. and i got involved and i have not looked back since. [cheers and applause] i have said over and over again when you see something that is not right not fair, not just you have an obligation to stand up to the system and do something. thank you for doing something. [cheers and applause] never give up.
never give out, never give in. keep your eyes on the prize. when you win, we all win. you know the nra doesn't like me. i don't care. [cheers and applause] you know they gave me a grade of f. i have not received one dime or 1 penny from them. i don't want one dime or 1 penny from them. [cheers and applause] too many of our mothers, too many of our fathers, too many of our brothers and sisters, too many of our students, too many of our teachers you are the leaders of the 21st century.
[applause] i suggest to each and everyone of you read about the civil rights movement. whatever you do, do it in an orderly, peaceful and nonviolent manner. you are going to have the victory and it will be a victory for all of america. it will be a victory for our world. it will make the real estate we call america little greener, and a little more peaceful for generations. [cheers and applause] i got arrested a few times, 40 times and since i've been in congress five more times and i
may be arrested again. some of you may recall reading that a group of us members of congress on the house side had a sedan, a sitdown in the well of the house for 26 hours trying to get the speaker and the leadership in the majority to bring forth a bill. we may have to sit in again. [cheers and applause] but i will be there. i will be with you all the way. hang in there. never give up. never give in. keep your faith. keep your eyes on the prize and you will have success. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] now it's my great pleasure to present to you one of the
leaders of the students for gun control, brenna levitan. welcome. [cheers and applause] >> thank you for everyone coming to join us today. we have heard powerful words from students and members of congress joining together in the fight to end gun violence. i am awed and expired by all of you. when we started montgomery students for gun control would want to give students a voice in this fight. today we approved that we are here. we have a voice and we will not be silent. our lives are at stake in its too important to back down. this may be the end of our demonstration but we are nowhere near done with this fight. [cheers and applause] the only way we will succeed is
>> they were a rather extraordinary couple in the early 20th century. audrey reynolds was the founder of the r.j. reynolds tobacco company and he turned that tobacco factory into one of the top 100 or so corporations in america by the early 20th century. his wife catherine had a lot of vision and was committed to an
aggressive way of shaping society for the early 20th century in the american south. >> i began to do research and looking in diaries and letters and i found out he invented a typewriter. he typed a few letters and some documents but it documents but they mostly use it to entertain his young friends when they would come to visit him he would let them type what they call volumes and volumes of poetry. this was quite a novelty in 1888 to be able to reproduce something that looks at the printed document right there in your desktop.