Following grandpa Martin’s footsteps

Martin Luther King’s granddaughter participated in one of the largest mobilizations for gun control in the US. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

Martin Luther King’s granddaughter participated in the March For Our Lives demonstration in favor of gun control in the United States

In the first three months of 2018, there have been 51 mass shootings and over 13,000 incidents involving weapons in the United States.

So far, 146 children and 627 teenagers have been injured or killed by guns. These are figures from the organization Gun Violence, which collects all the data on incidents with weapons in the country.

US is the developed country with the highest rate of gun Violence

On February 14, a 19-year-old boy who had been expelled from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Institute in Parkland, Florida, entered the school premises armed with a rifle and murdered 17 students. This event adds up to a long list of shootings in schools in the United States.

However, Parkland’s shooting has raised concern among a big part of the US citizens. Protest acts and demonstrations have been organized to ask the authorities to approve laws that limit and control the sale of weapons.

On Sunday 25 May demonstrations all over the US were organized under the motto March For Our Lives

The concentration in Washington, US capital, had a very special guest: Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of the civil rights defender Martin Luther King, who was killed by a gunshot.

Yolanda, of only 9 years of age took the stage at the demonstration to make her very own speech against violence and weapons.

“My name is Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King. My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” she said, referencing her grandfather’s famous speech. “I have a dream that enough is enough. That this should be a gun-free world. Period.”

At the end of her speech, Yolanda Renee asked everyone present to join the gun control movement and spread the word. And ended her speech with one purpose: “WE, are going to be, a great generation!”.

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