Mayor Sylvester Turner told several thousand people demonstrating for stricter gun control that adults have a responsibility to stand up and protect all children.
Turner spoke Saturday morning at a rally at Tranquillity Park as part of the nationwide "March for Our Lives" following deadly gunfire last month at a school in Parkland, Florida.
Turner also announced creation of the Mayor's Commission to End Gun Violence, to focus on researching and recommending solutions at a local level.
Thank you all. Who came out and exercised their rights in a responsible and productive manner today. Especially want to thank the young folks in the crowd of approximately 15,000. https://t.co/JaMcIXR6RB— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) March 24, 2018
The movement was sparked by the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 students and staff dead and several injured.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.