Warner: 'March for Our Lives' was 'democracy in action'

Warner: 'March for Our Lives' was 'democracy in action'
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Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOn The Money: Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds | Trump tells Republicans to walk away | GOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week MORE (D-Va.) on Sunday hailed the nationwide rallies against gun violence a day earlier as "democracy in action," saying that student protesters had lent momentum to calls for stricter gun control laws.

"I think this time it’s going to be different. I think their demand for sensible gun control, I think we can actually get it done,” Warner said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "I really think it was democracy in action, not just in Washington, but all across the country yesterday."

Warner's comments came a day after hundreds of thousands of protesters, led by students, gathered in cities across the country to demand an end to gun violence.

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The "March for Our Lives" rallies were organized in response to a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month, which left 17 people dead and 14 others injured. 

That attack reignited an intense national debate over gun violence, with students at the school — the survivors of the shooting — emerging as vocal advocates for new firearm restrictions. 

Warner also said on Sunday that a walkout being planned by students next month was "appropriate," and urged students to register to vote.

"I think it’s time, and I hope these kids continue to press," he said.