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The Best Literary Signs at the March for Our Lives

This weekend, activists took to the streets all over America to call for immediate and effective gun-control legislation, in the wake of the Valentines Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which seventeen students and teachers were killed.

 

Celebrities including Paul McCartney and Patti Smith joined the New York City march, while others such as George Clooney, Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato turned out in for marches nationwide. One of the most exciting elements of mass peaceful protests such as the Women’s March and March for Our Lives is often the brilliant and creative signs carried by marchers. Inspired by Teen Vogue’s article ‘”Harry Potter” Signs Were Everywhere at the March for Our Lives, we’ve put together a list of some of the best literary signs (including several Potter ones, of course) spotted at various Marches for Our Lives this weekend. 

 

 

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Okay, so this one’s not technically literary-inspired by Mean Girls was based on a book, so… 

 

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J.K. Rowling Argues in Favor of Gun Control

As we all know, J.K. Rowling frequently takes to Twitter to voice her opinions and advocate for causes she feels strongly about. Last Friday, she turned to her favored social media platform in order to speak out about what she views as the need for gun control in the USA, following last week’s horrifying school shooting, in which seventeen students and teachers were murdered. 

 

Responding to a Twitter user @ConservativeTht who advocated the installment of armed security in schools to prevent shootings, Rowling accused him of inventing the European friend who allegedly questioned the absence of such security. She countered listing things an actual European might say.

 

 

On Valentines Day, nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, armed with an AR15 rifle, shot seventeen students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

 

In Britain, where Rowling is from, the gun regulation is some of the strictest in the world. In 1996, Thomas Hamilton shot sixteen school children and their teacher, after which petitions called for a ban on private ownership of handguns in the UK. The Firearms (Amendment) Act  was passed the following year which outlawed all cartridge ammunition handguns, except 22 calibre single-shot weapons, however .22 handguns were banned later that year. Since then, there has been only one mass shooting in Britain, which occurred in 2010, when Derrick Bird shot and killed twelve people. 

 

Rowling has recently garnered criticism for her defense of Johnny Depp’s casting in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, her retrospective assertions of diversity in Hogwarts, as well as her failure to ensure that Dumbledore’s sexuality is explored in the upcoming second Fantastic Beasts film. However, she has received a number of very positive responses for her stance on gun control, with many people retweeting her message, and replying congratulating her for voicing her opinion on the issue. 

 

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