Sanders cheers students protesting gun violence: 'We are very proud'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders If Congress takes no action, the Social Security trust fund will become depleted in 2034 Ex-campaign manager: Sanders is still eying another presidential bid DNC chair backing plan to cut superdelegates opposed by Dem lawmakers MORE (I-Vt.) on Wednesday addressed a crowd of students in Washington, D.C., participating in the national walkout to protest gun violence.

Speaking through a megaphone outside the Capitol, Sanders commended the students for “leading the nation in the right direction” and opposing the National Rifle Association (NRA).

“We are very proud of what you are doing,” the former presidential candidate said. “You, the young people of this country, are leading the nation.”

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“All across the country, people are sick and tired of gun violence, and the time is now for all of us together to stand up to the NRA and to pass commonsense gun legislation,” Sanders added.

The group, made up of hundreds of students, was just a fraction of the estimated thousands nationwide who walked out of their schools for marches, moments of silence or protests to mark one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead.

In the weeks since the shooting, students have intensified their calls for Congress to pass stricter gun and school safety laws.

Survivors of the Florida shooting have led the charge in the renewed conversation on gun reform, planning the March for Our Lives to be held in D.C. and other cities on March 24.