This week, they showed us how it’s done. One million students, sick of being scared, sick of being silent, and sick of being shot at decided to take a stand. One million of them walked out of school. It was estimated that 100,000 students walked out in New York alone. The walkouts mostly lasted 17 minutes — for the 17 people killed in the most recent mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. They are demanding better gun control — and they want it now.
Though it marvels the rest of the world that the US insists on inaction in the face of horrific gun violence, progress is still then on the ground. And the measures that are being taken are controversial — revolving more around upping security than removing guns. Although some states — and some businesses that sell guns — are taking it upon themselves to raise the minimum age to purchase fire arms. “President Donald Trump, who was away from the U.S. capital Wednesday, on Sunday unveiled proposals for reducing gun violence at schools that included training school staffers to carry concealed weapons but not earlier calls to raise the age limit for buying guns,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “On Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill, dubbed the Stop School Violence Act, which will authorize $50 million in annual funding for school security upgrades. Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure that added new gun restrictions, such as raising the minimum age to buy any type of firearm to 21.” But at a national level, gun control is still woefully unsatisfactory.
— Brett Murphy (@ladybrettgm) March 14, 2018
Last week the students took a stand — and now it’s time for us. Next week on the 24th of March, the March For Our Lives protest will take to Washington. “On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings,” the site explains. “The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. Join us in DC or march in your own community.”