By: Nicole Dumouchel
The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, on February 14, 2018, that left 17 dead and various injured, has been a driving force for change regarding gun control. What is going to be done about gun violence? Will there be change? These questions remain as people – celebrities, parents, siblings, students, teachers, and administration – across the country take action. The movement towards change began to take its toll when the #Enough campaign spread nationwide a month after the Parkland, Florida shooting – March 14th, 2018.
According to Time, the #Enough National School Walkout campaign was organized by the Women’s March Youth Empower in the purpose of representing the victims affected by the shooting; as well as serving as “a call to action for Congress to pass gun control legislation”. The campaign included participants from all over the United States – nearly one million students, and more than 3,000 registrations according to the Wall Street Journal. Participants in the National School Walkouts were encouraged to wear orange or to simply register to vote. These walkouts pushed for change because steps towards improving gun laws were taken.
Recently, the “Stop School Violence Act” was passed, allowing schools the yearly funding necessary to make upgrades to security systems. However, the step towards raising the age limit authorizing the purchasing of guns has not come into place. With walkouts occurring nationwide, people are still not done the pushing. The “March for Our Lives” rally took place in Washington D.C. this past Saturday, March 24th in attempt to further push for changes in gun control laws.
Referencing CNN, the march was “created and organized by #NeverAgain, a group of students who survived the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.” The turnout for the rally included a variety of participants including celebrities, including Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. Despite the active involvement of participants of various ages, nationwide, students take a strong standing in advocating for change and remain consistent with three specific goals in mind: Pass a law to ban the assault weapons frequently used to carry out mass shootings Stop the sale of high-capacity magazines, restricting the amount of ammunition Close loopholes in America’s background checks and implement laws that require background checks on every gun purchase, including those that occur online or at gun shows.
In addition, Inquisitr directly quotes a Marjory Stoneman Douglas student in response to the concept of the absence of change – “this is it”. This powerful quote expresses the determination of the younger generation’s desire to spark change and take matters into their own hands. CBS News also confirms the rally included powerful speeches of individuals from Stoneman Douglas High School – further strengthening this idea of students taking charge. Forward-looking, it is also confirmed that another nationwide school walkout is scheduled to occur on the 19th anniversary of Columbine High School Shooting – April 20th, 2018.
After seeing the turnaround for both bold steps towards progress and change, it brings us to the questions previously addressed – what is going to be done about gun violence and will these bold moves really spark change? Page Break CNN –“ At Granada Hills Charter High School in Los Angeles, students lay down on a football field to spell out the walkout’s rallying cry: ‘Enough.’”