Bill Murray compares Parkland students to Vietnam War protesters
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Actor Bill Murray on Thursday said the students protesting gun violence after a mass shooting at their school reminded him of Vietnam War protesters.

"I was thinking, looking at the kids in Parkland, Fla., who have started these anti-gun protests, that it was really the students that began the end of the Vietnam War," Murray wrote in an op-ed for NBC News.

"I think, maybe, this noise that those students in Florida are making - here, today - will do something of the same nature." 

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Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have become prominent activists for gun control in the weeks after a gunman killed 17 of their fellow students and faculty.

Murray called it a "horrible moment" in history if children are afraid to go to school because of guns and he praised the students for their "idealism."

"The thing that's so powerful about students is that, when you haven't had your idealism broken yet, you're able to speak from a place that has no confusion, where there is a clear set of values," he wrote.

Murray's op-ed comes ahead of the "March For Our Lives," a rally against gun violence organized by the Parkland students. Thousands are expected to turn out in Washington, D.C., and cities around the country.

"You've got to surround a deeply political issue like gun control or a war, to come at it from every single direction. You can't just focus on one thing, or aim for just the one goal," Murray wrote.

"Ending the Vietnam war was not a simple thing, either," he continued. "And, you might remember, people thought it was going to be the end of the world if we lost Vietnam. But that war had to stop."