Students throughout Orange County will join a national movement of marches and rallies Saturday calling on lawmakers to approve stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Florida school massacre on Feb. 14.
Tom Steyer, a billionaire hedge-fund manager best known for funding TV commercials calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, will join a gathering of student activists participating in the March for Our Lives at Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana.
Some students plan to make their way to the office of Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, at 3333 Michelson Drive, at 11 a.m.
Other events include:
— a march at 10 a.m. from Lake Park to Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main St.;
— a gathering in downtown Brea at Brea Boulevard and Birch Street at 9 a.m.;
— a rally at Laguna Beach’s main beach at 107 S. Coast Highway at 10 a.m.
— a rally at the San Clemente Public Library, 242 Avenida Del Mar, at 9 a.m.
In solidarity with the students, MoveOn.org plans to have a plane fly over Huntington Beach carrying a banner with a message critical of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach. The banner will read “Rep. Rohrabacher: Vote 4 Kids, Not NRA.”
The Orange County events are among more than 800 rallies taking place across the country.
Organizers of the nationwide march are calling on politicians to find a solution to gun violence and mass shootings in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people died.
The Trump Administration issued a statement Saturday about the nationwide demonstrations through Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters.
“We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today,” Walters said. “Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the president’s, which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Acts, and signed them into law. Additionally, on Friday, the Department of Justice issued the rule to ban bump stocks, following through on the president’s commitment to ban devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”