Demonstrators participate in a "lie-in" during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House. Grassroots groups are planning hundreds more protests in coming weeks. PHOTO CREDIT: Evan Vucci/AP via NPR
Last week, the nation mourned the loss of 17 lives in yet another school shooting. A former student fired off a semi-automatic gun at a high school in Parkland, FL making it one of the deadliest school shootings in US history. In the face of immense tragedy, students have stepped up to lead a nationwide movement for gun control. Sharing sentiments and hashtags such as “Enough is enough” and “Never Again,” they are fueling a dialogue for swift action against gun violence.
Enough is enough!
Women's March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am on March 14, 2018. Join us in saying #ENOUGH!https://t.co/8ZE8uthRlZ pic.twitter.com/45yCZl4zDm
— Women's March (@womensmarch) February 16, 2018
The EMPOWER youth branch of the Women’s March is organizing a national school walkout on March 14th. The goal is for students and staff across the country to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. "to protest Congress' inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods" (via EMPOWER).
Students of Parkland, FL are also organizing a protest on March 24th called “March for our Lives.” The main event will be in Washington, D.C. but they’re also calling for students to march in cities across the country. The goal of the march is to get Congress to immediately pass a comprehensive and effective bill to address the rampant gun violence in our country and in our schools.
"Our community and nation have taken too many bullets to the heart, and now is the time for us to stand up. I will not feel safe going back to school myself until reasonable mental health care legislation and gun control legislation is passed." ~ David Hogg, a student in Parkland, FL, via NBC News