In a tragic event that has become increasingly common, a 19-year-old boy walked into a school and took the lives of 17 students and staff members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. However, what sets this situation apart from the others is the way survivors have responded. They have joined forces and are actively advocating for more gun control to prevent future tragedies from happening. This action has helped vocalize the cause and make more people aware of the issues surrounding gun control.
On Feb. 21, both students and staff members traveled to the state capital, Tallahassee, to talk to legislators about safety and gun control. They have also scheduled walkouts and a CNN town hall and, on March 24, the survivors and many other teenagers and adults will go to Washington, D.C. for a March for Our Lives demonstration to demand action. The organizers emphasize that this is not a political event and that the goal is to get both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to take notice and commit to a plan.
Hollywood has also started to join the cause. George and Amal Clooney recently donated $500,000 to the cause and George committed to joining the students on their march. “It’s encouraging to see something positive come out of something so horrible and hopefully there will be a real change,” said Monica Park ‘19. Gun violence has become something that affects more and more Americans every day and no matter the action taken to alleviate the issue, the most important message is that something must be done. Many Americans believe inaction has not produced any results and they are no longer accepting the status quo as an option.