MUNICH — (MunichNOW News) — On Saturday, 24 March 2018, hundreds of supporters of the #NeverAgain movement are participating in the March for Our Lives—Munich solidarity march, beginning at 11:00 in front of the U.S. Consulate.
March for Our Lives events will take place on the same day in more than 800 cities worldwide, including in Berlin and Vienna, with the main event taking place in Washington DC, where more than a half a million protesters are expected. Students, teenagers, and families will take a stand to demand sensible, stricter gun control legislation in the United States. The #MarchforOurLives movement was initiated by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived the shooting on February 14, a shooting that claimed the lives of 17 of their fellow students and teachers in Parkland, Florida.
According to the chair of the Munich chapter Democrats Abroad and organizer of the Munich march, Meghan Driscoll, “We’re encouraging people of all ages, American and non-American, to join us in solidarity to putting an end to senseless gun violence. Republicans have been blocking common sense gun reform for years. We believe it is finally time to put children’s lives over the gun lobby’s political influence and vote them out of office.”
Attendees of the march in Munich will be able to sign a condolence banner to send to the victims of the Parkland massacre, and there will be speeches from local teenagers on the need for gun control in the U.S.A.
The rate of gun-related deaths per year in the United States is 10.2 per 100,000 people. Per day in America, 96 people die from gun violence, including 7 children and teens. That is per year 2,737 children and teens who are killed, and another 14,365 who are injured, in gun incidents.
In total, an estimated 3 million American children per year are exposed to shootings.  Witnessing shootings can have a devastating impact. Children exposed to violence, crime, and abuse are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol; suffer from depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder; fail or have difficulties in school; and engage in criminal activity.  In America, children and teenagers are victimized by gun violence every single day. No child should experience this—not in their schools, not in their homes, and not in their communities.
Democrats Abroad, Everytown, and the victims of school shootings across the USA are calling on Congress to finally put in place gun control that the vast majority of Americans support: ban “weapons of war” like the AR-15, make sure every gun purchaser has gone through a background check, and prevent people who have a history of violence from buying a gun.
This is common sense; this is the moral thing to do; this is supported by Americans in wide margins. One of the main things preventing this positive change is the influence that the gun lobby, in particular the National Rifle Association (NRA), has over Republican voters and policy makers through donations, media manipulation such as NRATV and influence in local policy making.
Throughout the march and afterwards, volunteers will be on hand to help US citizens register to vote and request 2018 absentee ballots. In the upcoming 2018 midterm election, eligible US voters have the power to vote for officials who will support sensible gun legislation. Requesting an absentee ballot is an important step as US citizens must request a new one each year they are abroad. More information can be found at: votefromabroad.org.
The Munich march on March 24 will begin across from the US consulate on Königinstr. at 11:00, continue to Odeonsplatz and end at Max-Joseph-Platz at 13:00. For more information on the event please visit https://www.facebook.com/event
For further questions or interview requests connected to the Munich march, contact
Sarah Carr, Munich Chapter Press Coordinator: [email protected]
or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DAGMu
Further resources about the marches in the USA and globally please visit:
— March for Our Lives: marchforourlives.com (#MarchForOurLives or #M4oL)
— Everytown: everytown.org
— Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: momsdemandaction.org