March For Our Lives rally in Tucson draws thousands of marchers

March For Our Lives rally in Tucson draws thousands of marchers
Thousands came to Jacome Plaza in downtown Tucson for the March For Our Lives demonstration on March 24. (Source: KOLD News 13)
Demonstrators gather after marching from downtown Tucson to the University of Arizona. (Source: KOLD News 13)
Demonstrators gather after marching from downtown Tucson to the University of Arizona. (Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thousands of people rallied in Tucson on Saturday, March 24, as part of a nationwide demonstration for gun control.

The March For Our Lives protests was inspired by the teenagers who have become vocal activists since surviving the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, that left 17 people dead.

In Tucson, the march from Jacome Plaza downtown to the University of Arizona attracted people of all ages from many walks of life.

Large rallies with crowds estimated in the tens of thousands in some cases also unfolded in such cities as Phoenix; Boston; Washington; New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Houston; Fort Worth, TX; Minneapolis; Baton Rouge, LA; and Parkland.

Protesters denounced the National Rifle Association and its allies and complained that they are scared of getting shot in school and tired of inaction by grown-ups after one mass shooting after another.

They called for such measures as a ban on high-capacity magazines and assault-type rifles like the one used by the Florida killer, tighter background checks and school security, and a raising of the age to buy guns.

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