Chris Evans, Miley Cyrus, and More Rally Support for Gun Control on National Walkout Day

Stars and media personalities show support for student-led gun violence protests

National Walkout Day

Students across the country marched as part of National Walkout Day Wednesday to honor the 17 students who were murdered in the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month.

Beginning at 10 a.m. local time, students left their classrooms and headed to the streets to peacefully call for stronger gun control. Other goals of the protests were to ban assault weapons, require universal background checks before gun sales and pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior.

There’s a “sea of people everywhere. You can barely see the ground,” Stoneman Douglas student Sam Zeif told CNN. “It really shows us we’re not alone.”

As students marched in demonstrations across the country, folks on Twitter took notice.

“Proud of all of you! Never give up! You are THE change!” wrote Miley Cyrus.

“The young people of this generation give me so much hope,” said Chris Evans.

Other vows of support came from Kerry Washington, Allison Janey, Andy Richter and more.

Of course, not all of the blue checkmark crowd supported the march. Conservative celebrities and media personalities were relatively silent on Twitter during the protests, but those that spoke out opposed them.

“[W]e sure need to secure our schools,” said Ted Nugent, but “a new gunlaw will be counterproductive.”

TV personality Liz Wheeler complained that the marches are about “banning guns,” adding that “Anybody who tells conservative students that refusing to walkout for 17 minutes means you don’t care about the 17 victims of Parkland… is lying.”

Here’s what some of the folks are saying: