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change the world around us. tonight, breaking news. the massive rallies from coast to coast. from washington, d.c., to new york, chicago to dallas. to l.a. teenagers from parkland, florida, leading hundreds of thousands demanding tougher gun laws and an end to gun violence in schools. powerful moments on stage. student emma gonzalez marking the minutes it took the gunman to kill 17 people at stoneman douglas high school. the march increasing pressure on the gun control debate. president trump calling for a ban on bump stocks. the nra responding tonight. president trump's accusers. the attorney for stormy daniels issuing a warning to the president's legal team. as the adult film star is about to go public in primetime. hospital shooting. the tense moments when police officers, weapons drawn and
holding shields, confront a patient armed with a handgun. why they say they were forced to fire. and school bus scares. two accidents from the same school district, caught on camera. you'll see what the drivers did in realtime to protect the children onboard. and good evening. thanks for joining us on a busy saturday night. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with the massive rallies across america. teenagers leading the charge from new england to california. hundreds of thousands taking part in the march for our lives. demanding tougher gun control laws and an end to school shootings. officials planning for half a million people in washington, d.c. crowds as far as the eye can see, 175,000 in new york alone. a sea of people in atlanta, minneapolis, dallas and los angeles. the movement led by survivors of the shooting rampage that killed 17 people at stoneman douglas
high school in parkland, florida. and more than 800 events taking place around the world. abc's david wright leads us off from washington tonight. >> reporter: pennsylvania avenue. the main street of american politics, today packed with people. from the doorstep of the u.s. capitol, almost to the doorstep of the white house, hundreds of thousands of people standing shoulder to shoulder to condemn gun violence. >> at the end of the day, bullets do not discriminate. so, why should we. >> reporter: young people, including the survivors of parkland, some not even old enough to vote, led the way. >> when politicians send their thoughts and prayers with no action, we say no more. and to those politicians supported by the nra that allow the continued slaughter of our children and our futures, say get your resumes ready. >> my friends and i might still
be 11 and still be in elementary school, but we know what is right and wrong. >> reporter: in new york city, protesters marched from central park to times square. abc's zachary kiesh in the thick of it. >> can this movement, can this march, your voice be the difference, the catalyst? >> it has to be. we don't have a choice of whether or not. it has to be the difference. >> reporter: in parkland, florida, in texas and other deep red states, in california and other blue states, the crowds exceeded expectations. some of the marchers have a personal connection to this issue. >> i'm from newtown, connecticut. >> this issue hits close to home for you? >> it absolutely does. >> reporter: a photographer for the eagle eye, the school newspaper at stoneman douglas high school, she was there, locked down, when a gunman murdered 17 people in her school. having been through that, it must be quite emotional to be here today. >> yeah, of course. i mean, it's hard to describe it just because it's so overwhelming, it's so much.
but, i mean, i know that this is something that i'm going to look back on one day. and this is a story i'll be telling my grandkids. >> reporter: today, plenty of celebrities lent their talents and their voices to this cause. among them, paul mccartney in new york who reminded the crowd how john lennon was murdered. >> one of my best friends was killed in gun violence. right around here. so, it's important to me. >> reporter: but it was the kids who took center stage. the emotional high point -- emma gonzalez, a parkland survivor on stage for 6:20. the amount of time it took the shooter to turn her community upside down. [ chanting "never again" ] >> the crowd there chanting never again. incredibly powerful moment. david wright joins us live from pennsylvania avenue, and david, you were out there all day and you were telling me earlier, the crowds and the concerns went well beyond violence in our schools.
>> that's right, they're against gun violence in all its forms, tom. while we did meet one or two people who wanted to ban guns, the vast majority of the people that we met today say that they want what seem to be reasonable restrictions. getting rid of the high-capacity magazines. getting military-style weapons out of the hands of civilians. of course, the gun rights community sees that as a slippery slope. >> david wright leading us off tonight. david, thank you. and president trump had no comments as rallies were taking place nationwide. the president backing away from his own calls for tougher background checks and raising the age limit to buy guns. but moving forward on one issue, directing the justice department to ban bump stocks. gun rights supporters weighing in on the president's action and the march. here's abc's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, as hundreds of thousands participate in the march for our lives, gun advocates are fighting for their second amendment rights. in salt lake city, nearly 1,000 showed up.
this small girl in a tank, her sign reading, criminals love gun control. a high school student echoed the same message. police led advocates through the boston common. in d.c., about a dozen or so counterprotesters, far outnumbered. >> law-abiding gun owners are no threat to americans. >> reporter: meanwhile, the nra claimed on its tv channel today's student-led protests is just a pr stunt. >> another example of adults hijacking a movement that perhaps isn't theirs. >> reporter: in february, president trump met with the nra in the days after the parkland shooting and appeared open to working with them. >> some of you people are petrified of the nra. nay want to do what's right. >> reporter: late friday, the president officially broke from the nra, tweeting his new ban on bump stocks, those devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. >> we were disappointed to hear some of the president's comments. >> reporter: gun advocates say creating safer schools will require more firepower not less.
>> we protect our president with guns. but when it comes to schools we put up a sign that says gun-free zone, and it's not working. >> reporter: but today, parkland students saying the president hasn't done since their white house meeting when he promised to look at the raising the purchasing age for guns. >> stand with us or beware, the voters are coming. >> and kenneth moton joins us now, demonstrators calling for change tonight. what's next in the political battle over gun reform? >> reporter: tom, this is a fierce battle. so many of the students we heard today calling on lawmakers here in washington to take action. many frustrated gun control advocates are turning to the states. we already saw that landmark school safety bill passed in florida which raised the age limit to buy a gun in wake of the parkland school shooting. >> kenneth moton for us, thank you. and a programming note, join martha raddatz for more of our
coverage of march for our lives tomorrow on "this week." next tonight, many people closely watching president trump and the first lady. adult film star stormy daniels about to break her silence. speaking out about her alleged affair with the president more than a decade ago. here's abc's tara palmeri in west palm beach. >> reporter: the president and the first lady arriving in florida together. for what will likely be a rocky 24 hours. adult film actress stormy daniels alleging an affair with trump in an interview that airs tomorrow. >> people better be honest. because they haven't been honest in the past. >> reporter: daniels' attorney michael avenatti tweeting out a warning, this image of dvd inside a safe. >> it's a warning shot to michael cohen and anyone else associated with president trump that they better be very, very careful. >> can we assume that that dvd contains everyday to back up stormy daniels' position? >> yes. >> reporter: the president's lawyers filed a motion in federal court against daniels, saying she violated a confidentiality agreement more than 20 times. threatening to seek damages of
$20 million. >> they are all false, totally invented, fiction. >> reporter: the president has long denied but others are suing him. apprentice contestant summer zervos accusing the president of defamation. the judge ruled this week her case can move forward. at the white house trump ignoring the latest questions about his accusers. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: former playboy model karen mcdougal also alleging a longtime affair. just months earlier, melania had given birth to barron. mcdougal telling cnn's anderson cooper. >> we passed a room and he said this is melania's room and she likes to have her alone time. that's when i kind of thought, maybe, maybe they're having issues. >> all right, let's get out to tara palmeri in west palm beach with the president.
tara, some new reporting about the travel plans of president trump and the first lady tomorrow when that stormy daniels' interview is set to air. >> reporter: president trump heads back to washington before the interview airs. but according to the white house, melania will stay behind with her son barron. the first lady's office told abc news it's part of their spring break tradition. tom. >> tara, thank you. and one more headline from the white house tonight, the trump administration announcing its new policy, banning most transgender people from serving in the military. the ban affects transgender people who require or have undergone gender transition. openly transgender troops currently if the military will be allowed to stay. overseas tonight, new developments in the deadly terror attack in france. the country paying tribute to a hero police lieutenant, killed after volunteering to trade places with hostages in a supermarket. authorities revealing new details about the gunman supporting isis and weapons they recovered inside.
abc's james longman is in paris. >> reporter: bravery has a face tonight in france. lieutenant colonel arnaud beltrame being remembered for taking the place of a female hostage. the decorated iraq war veteran walking inside this market, unarmed, leaving his cell phone open, so police knew when to storm in and kill the attacker. now tributes for the 45-year-old killed by the gunman pouring in. his brother telling french media, he gave his life for a stranger. he probably knew he'd no chance. french officials calling beltrame a hero who died for his nation. this, as police are learning more about the gunman redouane lakdim. isis material was found at his apartment. three improvised explosives, a gun and a knife were found at the supermarket. he threatened to blow himself up at this supermarket after his rampage in southern france. four people were killed in these attacks. they're interviewing an associate of lakdim. as france prepares for a day of tribute for their fallen
officer. tom. >> james, thank you. and back here at home, the new headline about a deadly water park accident in kansas. the first criminal charges have been filed in connection with the death of a 10-year-old boy who was thrown from the world's tallest water slide back in 2016. authorities say the company knew the ride was dangerous and ignored the risks anyway. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: billed as the world's tallest water slide and a former park executive tonight facing criminal charges in connection with the 2016 death of a 10-year-old boy. tyler austin miles, director of operations at the time of the accident, charged with more than a dozen counts, including involuntary manslaughter. for having, quote, knowledge that the rafts were still going airborne in the days before the verruckt's grand opening. court documents show more than a dozen people were injured on the ride before 10-year-old caleb
schwab was thrown off a raft and decapitated. in an interview last year, caleb's parents relive the moment they learned what happened. >> there was a gentleman who wouldn't allow me to come close enough to see what was going on. and he just kept saying, trust me, you don't want to go any further. >> reporter: schlitterbahn, in a statement friday, said our review of the facts and circumstances of the accident has never shown any evidence of criminal conduct on the part of anyone and the company says it was deeply disappointed to learn any individual is being personally charged for the terrible accident on verruckt. matt gutman, abc news, los angeles. we turn now to the weather, the spring snowstorm hitting across 11 states. weather alerts from iowa to virginia at this hour. heavy snow and dangerous driving in mason city, take a look there, more than a foot of snow in parts of the state. let's get right to weather anchor sam champion. you were telling me that this
new storm is going to break the weather pattern we have been seeing. >> it does. many people will be happy to hear, with this storm we break the nor easter pattern. we don't make a nor'easter out of this storm. it's about 1200-mile line of snow here. lot of big totals here. mason city at 17.5. look at indy at 9.2. so, some of this is coming at the end of march. the biggest winter totals. watch this low, moves toward the coastline. gets pushed well out into the atlantic. there will be accumulating snow again tonight into the mountains of virginia, also into north carolina, and what has fallen in indy, all the way toward lexington and northern kentucky, will stay as snow. we're below freezing overnight tonight. the good news is, for early next week the east coast gets a slight milder trend. >> all right, so many waiting to actually feel spring. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday -- the update on the fiery wreck that brought one of the country's busiest railroads to a complete halt. plus, inside the tense moments when police confront an
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but the one delivering that news will be one of our colleagues from the "star wars" franchise. here's abc's john donvan. with the story of a teenage boy who wanted to hear some good news straight from his mouth. >> reporter: this is where a kid named austin has spent the past four months, a room at this children's hospital in chicago. keep an eye on the doorway at the right, because you're not going to see this coming. enter chewbacca. listen to what austin keeps saying back. two words. >> a heart. >> reporter: a heart. like it's a question. then they're both jumping up and down. okay, what just happened? a bunch of wishes just came true. plus, a performance by a cardiologist who can do this. yes, dr. phillip thrush was the guy in the chewbacca suit. austin is his patient with a serious heart issue. so serious he's needed a heart transplant. >> he's type the kid, when he's sick he brings a small to your face. >> reporter: austin had made a
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ton on abc 7 news at 6:00 huge crowds turn out for march for our lives. hear from students as they take a stand. >> and emotions run high in the nation's capital. the plea from verifies of the florida high school massacre. >> plus flames at a east bay mall. the event impacted by the fire. >> abc 7 news at 6:00. starts now. >> announcer: live where you live. >> i had a droem that his four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream that enough is enough. >> the mental was loud and clear as huge crowds and in the bay area take parts in march for our lives events. >> i'm eric thomas from new york to los angeles, even paris, crowds gathered to take a stand
against gun violence. >> yes, the picture surprisingly similar show large crowds of children and adults. the crowd in new york city is estimated at 175,000 people. we are still waiting on attendance numbers from other cities. >> the biggest in the bay area was clearly in san francisco. thousands of people making their way to civic center plaza. >> and we begin our team coverage tonight with abc 7 leslie brinkley who says the crowd was peaceful and passion knit. >> reporter: for all the politician as and lawmakers out there know this, we are coming. our generation mass lived through this all. and soon we will vote. >> inspirational sixth graders took the stage as did the mayor of san francisco. >> enough is enough. >> and senator diane feinstein. >> will you march? will you register? will you see that people vote? >> 17 and 18-year-olds from all across the bay area lined up to rental sister to vote.