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Parkland students coming to Cedar Rapids, Marion

March for Our Lives' events to push voting, gun control

From left, David Hogg and Cameron Kaskey, both Parkland shooting survivors, hold signs during a press conference for the March for Our Lives movement on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Pines Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. (Ellis Rua/Miami Herald/TNS)
From left, David Hogg and Cameron Kaskey, both Parkland shooting survivors, hold signs during a press conference for the March for Our Lives movement on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Pines Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. (Ellis Rua/Miami Herald/TNS)

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., will be in Cedar Rapids and Marion on Thursday for two March for Our Lives events.

The events are part of the March for Our Lives: Road to Change summer tour across the United States and will focus on young voter registration and how to address gun violence by voting.

The March for Our Lives group was formed by students at the Parkland high school after 14 students and three staff members died in a Feb. 14 shooting at the school.

March for Our Lives advocates for stricter gun control measures, including comprehensive background checks and bans on high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic assault rifles.

The Cedar Rapids Youth Meetup will be held at Noelridge Park, 4900 Council St. NE, beginning at 1 p.m.

The Marion Town Hall will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Linn-Mar High School gymnasium, 3111 N. Tenth St.

Security measures at the events may include hand-held metal detectors and bag checks.

On March 24, the March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., attracted more than 200,000 people and spawned as many as 800 events around the country, including some in Iowa.

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On April 20, the 19-year anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado that killed 13, students in schools across the country participated in walkouts, including hundreds of Linn-Mar High School students.

The Road to Change tour kicked off June 15 with a stop in Chicago. So far 17 stops have been confirmed in nine states in June, with July and August dates and stops to be announced.

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