130 on Penn campus battle gun violence with silent protest

February 22, 2018 GMT

Dan Spinelli, STAFF WRITER

More than 130 University of Pennsylvania students and a handful of faculty and staff lined the curves of Locust Walk on campus Thursday to protest gun violence in the wake of the school massacre in Parkland, Fla. Feb. 14 that left 17 people dead.

The protesters each held a sign corresponding to one of the 371 mass shootings that have taken place on American soil since Jan. 1, 2017. At 12:15 p.m., the group fell silent for 8 minutes and 17 seconds — or 497 seconds, corresponding with the 497 people killed in mass shootings during the same period.

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