JUST IN: Students holding gun violence protest outside White House (video, photos)

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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.’ “


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