Dwyane Wade praises students who 'take a stand' against gun access on walkout day

On Wednesday, students and staff at more than 2,000 schools nationwide staged a walkout to honor the 17 murdered on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and raise awareness for gun control.

Demonstrations were held in New York, Washington D.C. and sites of past mass gun violence like Littleton, Colorado, Newtown, Connecticut and Parkland, Florida, the home of Stoneman Douglas.

The protests have received widespread support and praise from Americans who support common sense gun measures while garnering derision from the NRA, which tweeted a photo of an assault rifle with an American flag ahead of the protests.

Among the backers is Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade, who has been active in his support of the Stoneman Douglas community.

He praised the students in Parkland and nationwide while speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Heat game against the Sacramento Kings.

“It’s great for all the kids to rally around what happened, but understanding that it’s in support of all the kids nationwide,” Wade said. “This is obviously led by Parkland 17, but it’s for all kids in all communities, and they all are getting it and all are understanding the stronger they are together — and they all do things together.

“It’s great to see our youth take a stand and do the things they feel is necessary.”

6 PHOTOS
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School reacts to Dwyane Wade's visit
See Gallery
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School reacts to Dwyane Wade's visit
So, this just happened... thanks so much for coming to MSD, @DwyaneWade! The students really needed this & truly ap… https://t.co/g4zLJu7JTA
Thank you @DwyaneWade for taking the time to visit and inspire our amazing Marjory Stoneman Douglas students today!… https://t.co/9kFvCCDGwO
@DwyaneWade thank you so much for meeting with my fellow students and I. Just coming and speaking with us made more… https://t.co/zWA59ucFPJ
Thanks for coming @DwyaneWade https://t.co/2nQz3sSNUy
Greatest moment of my life. You’re the 🐐 @DwyaneWade #HeatLifer #MSDstrong #NeverAgain https://t.co/RM0IS9Hpjx
So, this just happened... thanks so much for coming to MSD, @DwyaneWade! The students really needed this & truly ap… https://t.co/G1YMTx2fI7
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Wade has been vocal about the efforts of the Stoneman Douglas survivors since one of the 17 victims was buried in a Wade jersey. He visited students at the school last week.

“Like, they get it,” Wade said of talking with the students. “We talked about all those things and I was highly impressed with them understanding and knowing that, ‘OK, we know that this might fade after a few months, so this is what we’ve got planned for when that time it’s supposed to fade.

“It’s something we should all want to get behind and support and see if all of our voices together matter when it comes to legislation and all these things.”

More from Yahoo Sports:
Pete Thamel: The heartbreaking truth the NCAA fails to realize
Eric Adelson: The quiet aftermath of the scary foul that went viral
AaronRodgers posts heartfelt tribute to JordyNelson
How one upset can change everything for a school

Read Full Story