Photos: Students rally at the Capitol for tougher gun control


Students join in chants admonishing gun violence and the NRA
1 Students join in chants admonishing gun violence and the NRA, among other things on the steps of the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 
Students run through deep snow in Leif Erikson Park
2 Students run through deep snow in Leif Erikson Park next to the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Many students climbed trees to listed to speakers like Rep. Dave Pinto and Sen. Steve Cwodzinski. 
Rep. Raymond Dehn makes his way through the crowd of high school students
3 Rep. Raymond Dehn makes his way through the crowd of high school students gathered in Leif Erikson Park next to the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 
A student holds a sign referencing the 17 students killed in Parkland
4 A student holds a sign referencing the 17 students killed in the Parkland, Flor. school shooting last month before a march to the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 
Hundreds of students from Central High School and others gather
5 Hundreds of students from Central High School and others gather in front of the school before a march to the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. An announcement from school administration told students that if they were going to participate in the march, they could not come back to school that day. 
Students march down Marshall Ave. in St. Paul
6 Students march down Marshall Ave. in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 
A dog shakes off some snow as protesters march by
7 A dog shakes off some snow as high school students protesting school shootings march down Marshall Avenue in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 
St. Paul police officers line the route of a march
8 St. Paul police officers line the route of a march to the state Capitol by high school students in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 
A student carrying another piggyback runs down the sidewalk
9 A student carrying another piggyback runs down the sidewalk to get to the front of a march of high school students protesting school shootings in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The march stretched for up to half a mile at points. 
Marching students are reflected in a puddle
10 Marching students are reflected in a puddle in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 
Two students run down the sidewalk to catch up with the front of the march
11 Two students run down the sidewalk to catch up with the front of the march in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Much of the crowd broke into a sprint once the capitol steps were in sight. 
Rep. Dave Pinto speaks to the crowd of high school students
12 Rep. Dave Pinto speaks to the crowd of high school students gathered to protest gun violence in Leif Erikson Park next to the state Capitol St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Shortly after the Parkland, Flor. shooting, Pinto proposed to bills regarding gun control, both were quickly tabled by republican lawmakers. 
High school students mill about on the steps of the state Capitol
13 High school students mill about on the steps of the state Capitol St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 
Students stand on a snow bank holding signs
14 Students stand on a snow bank holding signs supporting and opposing gun control outside of the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Castle laws, referenced in one students sign, refer to laws protecting the right to defend oneself with deadly force on private property. 
Hundreds of high school students occupy the steps of the State Capitol
15 Hundreds of high school students occupy the steps of the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 
Nearing the state Capitol, the crowd of high schoolers break into a run
16 Nearing the state Capitol, the crowd of high schoolers break into a run in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 
Ninth-grader Catherine Smart stands outside of Central High School
17 Ninth-grader Catherine Smart stands outside of Central High School in St. Paul, Minn. before hundreds of students march to the state Capitol to protest school shootings on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. "I think it's unacceptable how those in congress keep sending thoughts and prayers," Smart said.