Teach-in launches a conversation on guns and gun violence

Participants gather during the March For Our Lives Parkland event Saturday

They came to demand a stop to the culture of gun violence that has taken lives of so many of their friends inside and outside the classrooms. They're grandparents and they want safer schools too, they said when asked why they joined Saturday's march.

Meanwhile, more than 800 similar events were held in cities across the country the same day, including such cities as Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, and Parkland.

Karamo Brown, one of the hosts of "Queer Eye", also spoke at the event wearing a black "Never Again" sweatshirt and he revealed he's an alum of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where the mass shooting that killed 17 took place.

In Le Grand, a 13-year-old boy was arrested on March 2 for making threats against Le Grand Elementary School, investigators said.

The demonstrations came the day after President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that included the bipartisan Fix NICS (National Instant Criminal Background System) Act, providing financial incentives for state reporting to the current criminal database.

White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said the administration applauded "the many courageous young Americans" who exercised their free-speech rights. Davis, who boarded a bus to Washington at midnight, said she is protesting "to support other people who have lost people to gun violence".

The movement is gathering support, with many Democrats registering students to vote at the protests, hoping that they can influence change.

She stayed silent on stage for six minutes and 20 seconds - the exact amount of time it took them to be killed.

Actor George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney, who donated United States dollars 500,000 to the march were seen participating in the "March for Our Lives" rally and clicking pictures and selfies with the students.

Activist Emma Gonzalez speaks during March for Our Lives in Washington, DC.

"It's important for Americans even overseas to make sure that Washington knows that we're not pleased with the gun control reform and we want more", said Caitlin Waters, co-organizer of the March For Our Lives Paris gathering. "It's scary enough with the security guards we have in school", she said.

Gun violence was also fresh for some in the Washington crowd: Ayanne Johnson of Great Mills High in Maryland held a sign declaring, "I March for Jaelynn", honoring Jaelynn Willey, who died Thursday two days after being shot by a classmate at the school. The group, called Grandmothers Against Violence, also toted one that told the younger demonstrators "We Have Your Backs".

The protests aim to break a legislative gridlock that has long stymied efforts to increase restrictions on firearms sales in a nation where mass shootings at schools and colleges have become a frighteningly frequent occurrence. I'm a hunter, and I use guns, but there's no reason for assault rifles to be in the hands of anybody other than the army or the military.

"People have been dying since 1999 in Columbine and nothing has changed. What we need now is action".

19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student, claimed responsibility for the shooting and was expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons.

"This is more than just a march".

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