Thousands march on Washington DC to demand changes to US gun laws
Organisers hoped the second March For Our Lives rally would draw as many as 50,000 people to the Washington Monument in the US capital
Thousands of people have streamed to the US National Mall in Washington DC as part of country-wide demonstrations to demand greater gun control in America.
The high-profile effort to change the laws follow recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, that activists say should compel US congress to act.
Organisers hoped the second March For Our Lives rally would draw as many as 50,000 people to the Washington Monument in the US capital.
While that would be far less than the original 2018 march that filled Washington with more than 200,000 people, activists have decided to focus on smaller marches at an estimated 300 locations across the US.
Despite wet weather in the US capital, scores of people turned out on the monument grounds well before the rally began, holding up signs, including one that said: “Children aren’t replaceable, senators are. Vote.”
A middle school-age girl carried a sign that read: “I want to feel safe at school”.
Daud Mumin, a co-chairman of the march’s board of directors and a recent graduate of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, said: “We want to make sure that this work is happening across the country.