EDUCATION

Students Demonstration — White House Chimes In

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The White House chimed in on the “March for Our Lives,” protest by thousands of students by issuing a statement applauding students for “exercising their First Amendment rights.”

“We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today,” White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

Walters, in his statement, noted that President Trump has taken several steps in addressing school safety, including support for bills strengthening background checks for gun purchases and an anti-school violence act and moving to ban “bump” stocks.

“Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President’s, which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Acts and signed them into law,” the statement read. “Additionally, on Friday, the Department of Justice issued the rule to ban bump stocks following through on the President’s commitment to ban devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”

The survivors of the school shooting in Florida last month organized the “March for Our Lives” to demand that lawmakers act on gun control. The students have been harshly critical of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other GOP lawmakers for accepting donations from the National Rifle Association.

President Trump was spending the weekend at Mar-a-Lago during the students’ protest in Washington D.C.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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