Jun 10, 2022 - News

Four March for Our Lives events planned in North Texas

Students with signs advocating against gun violence

A 2018 March for Our Lives protest in Fort Worth. Photo: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

March for Our Lives protests against gun violence will be in Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco and Rockwall this weekend.

Why it matters: Gun violence has decimated communities all over the country, including in Uvalde last month. The four local events will be part of a series of rallies taking place across America.

The intrigue: A majority of American adults say it's more important to control gun violence than to protect access to guns, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. This is the highest level of support for gun control in more than a decade.

By the numbers: Majorities of voters in the poll said they would definitely vote for candidates who want to increase mental health funding (86%), require stricter background checks (82%), support red flag laws (74%), want stricter gun laws generally (60%) and ban assault-style weapons, like AK-47s and AR-15s (56%).

Yes, but: Though they say these rallies aren't political, organizers expect counter-protests from gun rights advocates, just like similar protests in 2018 saw.

Counter protesters at a gun control protest
Counter-protesters at a March for Our Lives gathering in 2018. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

What they're saying: "Just because I have not personally experienced something catastrophic, doesn't mean I can't understand the weight of those actions," Saanvi Mukkara, a high school junior who's helping organize the march in Frisco, told WFAA.

Background: March for Our Lives started as student-led demonstrations for gun control legislation in 2018, after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

  • David Hogg, one of March for Our Lives' founders, recently urged people in other countries to protest gun violence at American embassies.
  • "We must make the fact that our government has done nothing to protect our kids even more of an international embarrassment," Hogg tweeted.

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