The White House on Saturday issued a statement praising youths participating in demonstrations against gun violence in Washington and around the country, where many participants are calling for tougher gun-control measures than President Donald Trump supports.
“We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in the statement, in which she added that “keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President’s.”
Many of those participating in the demonstrations, dubbed the March for Our Lives,” are advocating far more aggressive steps than Trump has endorsed, such as a ban on assault weapons.
The protests are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of protesters to the nation’s capital and sister rallies around the country. The events were organized by students who survived the mass shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
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