Cuomo joins NY student walkout to protest gun violence

Cuomo joins NY student walkout to protest gun violence
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) joined students protesting gun violence in New York City on Wednesday.

Cuomo and the students chanted “gun control now,” “enough is enough” and “protect our kids,” according to video from ABC News. 

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Students nationwide participated in a "national walkout day" on Wednesday, marking one month since the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting.

Many young Americans led protests and marches calling for stricter gun laws, while others participated in a 17-minute walkout to honor the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Hundreds of Washington, D.C.-area students marched to the White House, turning their back on the building and holding a 17-minute moment of silence.

In the weeks since the Florida shooting, the students at Stoneman Douglas have led the nationwide charge on gun control. They are planning to march in D.C. later this month to call on lawmakers to act.

Cuomo has long been a supporter of stricter gun laws, passing the 2013 New York SAFE Act to expand background checks and restrict access to assault weapons.

He spoke out against the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the days after the shooting.

“As a father and a gun owner, I think it would be nice if the NRA listened to the millions of children across the country who are asking the President and the GOP Congress to stop this senseless gun violence,” Cuomo said.

He also invited Delta Air Lines to relocate its headquarters to New York after George lawmakers voted to strip the company of a tax break in response to its decision to stop providing discounts to NRA members.