Students in the Washington, D.C. area have gone to the White house Monday morning to stage a protest against gun violence. But instead of marching in the streets, the students are literally laying in the streets.
The protest is being held as a result of the mass shooting at a Florida school last week, where 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz went on a rampage and gunned down 17 people.
Before they laid down in the street, the students were chanting, “Sensible gun laws now! Sensible gun laws now!”
The Hill reports on the protest:
Numerous students took part in a “lie-in” on the road outside of the White House, each speaking for three minutes at a time in an effort to symbolize the amount of time it took alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz to gun down numerous people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last week.
Students also appeared on television throughout the weekend to call for an organized march in an effort to hold lawmakers accountable.
“The people in the government who are voted into power are lying to us. And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and our parents to call ‘B.S.,’ ” Emma Gonzalez, a student at the school, said. “We are prepared to call ‘B.S.’ “
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 19, 2018
Students from the Washington, DC, area stage a “lie-in” outside of the White House to protest inaction on preventing gun violence https://t.co/yu9umVNIgt
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 19, 2018
Happening right now: Students are participating in a lie-in for gun reform in front of the White House following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida pic.twitter.com/VpK7u91hen
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) February 19, 2018
Students holding lie-in in front of White House to protest gun violence: pic.twitter.com/yHc2uKNvK5
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) February 19, 2018
The lie-in crowd has grown – dozens now on the ground. Others started chanting “shame on you” outside White House. pic.twitter.com/Mlh8yXSzI0
— Blayne Alexander (@ReporterBlayne) February 19, 2018
Supporters of gun control host a lie-in rally outside the White House https://t.co/rJHlFQr6Va
— Circa (@Circa) February 19, 2018
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