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Thousands rally for "March For Our Lives" demonstration in SWFL

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Posted at 1:51 PM, Mar 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-24 22:58:15-04

Hundreds of people took part in the "March For Our Lives" rally at Centennial Park in Fort Myers, Saturday.

The "March for Our Lives" rallies are a call to action by student survivors of last month's school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.

The White House is applauding "the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights" at gun control marches around the nation.
    
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says "keeping our children safe is a top priority" of President Donald Trump and points to his calls on Congress to pass legislation related to expanded background checks and school safety.
    
Trump is at his Florida home for the weekend. His motorcade took him to his West Palm Beach golf club on Saturday morning as hundreds of thousands of people were preparing for marches after the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
    
The president has ordered the Justice Department to ban bump stock devices that enable guns to fire like automatic weapons.