Challenge for protest movement is to convert youthful energy into action

■ Louis Freedberg & David Washburn / EDSOURCE Students came out in force in communities across California and the nation on Saturday on behalf of more gun regulation, but the big question now is whether they can convert their passion into tangible legislative results. A sign of the potency of this incipient movement is that protesters congregated not only in all the state’s customary hotbeds of activism—San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles—but also by the thousands in places like San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Fresno and Modesto. In each locale, the messages sent by teenage speakers, often delivered through tears and with high emotion, were similar in both tone and substance: Youthful

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