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story.lead_photo.caption Terri Robinowitz, center, holds a framed photo of her granddaughter Alyssa Alhadeff who was killed in the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with Alyssa's parents, Lori Alhadeff and Ilan Alhadeff, right, as lawmakers and gun control activists gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Friday, March 23, 2018, a day before the March for Our Lives rally Saturday.

At least six marches are planned in Arkansas on Saturday as part of a movement in support of stronger gun-control laws that was prompted by a mass shooting in Florida.

Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School organized a "March for Our Lives" rally in Washington, D.C., after a former student killed 17 at the Parkland, Fla., campus last month.

On Friday, thousands of protesters gathered in the nation's capital ahead of the event, The Associated Press reported. The demonstrators will assemble Saturday for a several-hour rally near the U.S. Capitol building that they predict will draw a half million people — many of them high school students.

According to the march's website, 836 other similar events are planned across the world Saturday, including marches in at least six Arkansas cities: Little Rock, Jonesboro, Bentonville, Fort Smith, Eureka Springs and Springdale.

The rally falls on the 20th anniversary of the Westside Middle School shooting in Jonesboro in which two students killed five in the schoolyard.

Little Rock's march will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Pulaski Street and will make its way to the front steps of the Capitol.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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  • titleist10
    March 23, 2018 at 4:21 p.m.

    They need to quit blaming everything on guns and do something about the CRIMINALS who use the guns

  • StrayGoose70
    March 23, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.

    Traitors in training.

  • Popsmith
    March 23, 2018 at 5:03 p.m.

    I wonder who is putting up the money for this idiocy.

  • BoudinMan
    March 23, 2018 at 5:11 p.m.

    I'm with the students. Something's gotta change. We can have both a strong 2nd amendment. and sensible gun control.

  • 23cal
    March 23, 2018 at 7:05 p.m.

    Titleist:
    The Maryland shooter wasn't a criminal until he pulled the trigger. He was just the son of a "responsible gun owner".
    *
    If you would do your homework, you would know a lot of the mass shooters weren't criminals before becomng mass shooters, and a lot of shooters aren't criminals before pulling the trigger for their shootings over domestic issues, road rage, shootings by toddlers and children,and so on.
    *
    So, although doing "something about the CRIMINALS who use the guns " is well and good, that cliche isn't any solution to mass or to other firearm shootings.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    March 23, 2018 at 8:06 p.m.

    "If you would do your homework, you would know a lot of the mass shooters weren't criminals before becomng mass shooters, and a lot of shooters aren't criminals before pulling the trigger for their shootings over domestic issues, road rage, shootings by toddlers and children,and so on."
    ~
    23, did you not think of what you said before this posting? So what would be your plan?

  • RobertBolt
    March 23, 2018 at 8:07 p.m.

    How many shootings have we had without a gun?

  • RobertBolt
    March 23, 2018 at 8:23 p.m.

    The Boston Globe is reporting that Massachusetts has enacted gun control legislation that has given their state a lower shooting death rate per 100,000 than any other state in the nation. If all states had those same laws producing the same effect, 27,000 lives would have been saved nationally.

  • mrcharles
    March 23, 2018 at 11:32 p.m.

    Boltar, yeah but.........hey sounds rational but.....isnt it too soon to talk rational with thoughts and prayers working so good?

    Next week the numbers will be larger of dead children.

    More thoughts and prayers.

    What do you suppose hell will look like right wingers?

  • RobertBolt
    March 24, 2018 at 7:32 a.m.

    Everyone in Hell will be firing at angels with assault rifles, mrcharles, and Heaven will be filled with saintly marksmen sniping down from nests of gold. Watching it all from his throne, god will, of course, do nothing.

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