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Here is everything you need to know about the 'March for Our Lives' events across Northeast Ohio

Posted: 2:40 PM, Mar 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-24 14:56:44Z
Here is everything you need to know about the 'March for Our Lives' events across Northeast Ohio

Saturday is the March For Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together people from all over the world to protest gun violence and to call on legislators to enact stricter gun laws.

Demonstrators will rally in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The main march will begin around noon on Saturday on Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks away from the Capitol. Sister marches will take place across the country as protesters join the movement.

More information about the March For Our Lives petition can be found here.

According to the March for Our Lives website, the movement has three  main goals:

1. Passing a law to ban the sale of assault weapons like the ones used in Las Vegas, Orlando, Sutherland Springs, Aurora, Sandy Hook and, most recently, to kill 17 innocent people and injure more than a dozen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Of the 10 deadliest shootings over the last decade, seven involved the use of assault weapons.

No civilian should be able to access these weapons of war, which should be restricted for use by our military and law enforcement only. These guns have no other purpose than to fire as many bullets as possible and indiscriminately kill anything they are pointed at with terrifying speed.

2. Prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines such as the ones the shooter at our school—and so many other recent mass shootings used.

States that ban high-capacity magazines have half as many shootings involving three or more victims as states that allow them.

Limiting the number of bullets a gun can discharge at one time will at least force any shooter to stop and reload, giving children a chance to escape.

3. Closing the loophole in our background check law that allows dangerous people who shouldn’t be allowed to purchase firearms to slip through the cracks and buy guns online or at gun shows.

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Even though the main march is in Washington, anyone wanting to show their support locally can head to a nearby march on Saturday. There are a total of 835 marches worldwide planned for Saturday.

Here is a list of marches in Northeast Ohio:

Cleveland — March For Our Lives  
Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.
Cleveland Public Square
W Superior Ave & Ontario St
Cleveland, OH 44113

Avon Lake — March for Our Lives 
Saturday, March 24, 3:00 p.m.
Avon Lake High School West Parking Lot
175 Avon Beldon Rd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012
 
Medina — March for our Lives
Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.
Medina City Square - Downtown
Medina, OH 44256
 
Akron — March for our Lives 
Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.
Highland Square branch library
807 West Market St
Akron, OH 44313
 
Canton — March For Our Lives Rally 
Saturday, March 24, 12:00 p.m.
Market Square
301 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44709
 
Ashland — March For Our Lives
Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.
Christ United Methodist Church and Corner Park
1140 Claremont Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805
 
Norwalk — March for Our Lives
Saturday, March 24, 12:00 p.m.
Norwalk High School, 350 Shady Lane Drive.
Norwalk, OH 44857

For a full list of cities with March For Our Lives events, click here.