Parkland Students Organize "March For Our Lives" To Plead For Gun Law Reform

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February 14, 2018, began like any other school day for the over 3,000 kids that attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Classmates exchanged Valentine’s Day cards and carnations, grumbled through the mandatory fire evacuation drill, and eagerly waited for the last bell to ring at 2:40 pm. Little did they know that at 2:19 pm, their school would become the scene of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history — one that would claim the lives of 14 students and three educators.

#STAYSTRONG

The gunman, Nikolas Cruz, who was arrested an hour later without incident, was no stranger to either the school or local authorities. The recently orphaned 19-year-old, who had been living with friends, was a former Stoneman Douglas student who had been expelled in 2017 for “disciplinary problems.” Peers, who describe Cruz as “a loner” and “troubled,” say he often talked about “guns, knives, and hunting.” Even the teen’s mother, who died about six months ago, had a hard time controlling him and often resorted to calling the police to calm him down.

Cruz’s young age and well-documented emotional issues did not, however, bar him from legally purchasing the semi-automatic rifle he used in the Valentine’s Day massacre. According to the current Federal law, while one has to be 21 to buy a handgun, kids as young as 18 can purchase a semi-automatic weapon. Florida state law makes the process even easier. In the Sunshine State, while handgun purchases require a three-day waiting period, the semi-automatic AR-15 gun used by Cruz, can be bought almost instantly. The seller’s only obligation is to conduct a rudimentary background check. Among the things they are required to verify is that the buyer does not have a felony record or been convicted for domestic violence.

#TAKEACTION

The grieving survivors at Stoneman Douglas High School want to change these lax gun laws and are asking kids nationwide to help them in the effort by joining the “March For Our Lives,” movement. The teenagers say their mission is to demand comprehensive and effective legislation to address gun issues so that no kid goes to school in fear that it may be the last day of his/her life!

The group will begin their quest next week in Tallahassee, Florida, where they will meet with local legislators to try to convince them to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, both of which are currently legal in the state. They also want the lawmakers to make it illegal for people like Cruz, who have a history of unstable behavior, to be able to purchase weapons of any kind. 17-year-old Jaclyn Corin, who is organizing the event, says, “We don’t want to take away people’s gun rights. This movement understands that people have that right under the Second Amendment, but we just want alterations and restriction.”

#MARCHFOROURLIVES

On March 24, the group plans to take their plea to the streets of Washington DC and is urging American students and their families to join them, either at the US capital or in their respective cities, and march to “beg for their lives.” We sure hope US lawmakers will set aside their differences and introduce the necessary gun reform laws to make American schools safe again!

#NEVERAGAIN

Resources: cnn.com, wikipedia.org, guardian.co.uk

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  • hcmagpie
    hcmagpieMonday, September 17, 2018 at 10:03 pm
    so bad what happend
    • not cool Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11:07 am
      not cool at all
      • Smilegirl5851Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:52 am
        This is so HORRIBLE.........
        • myan
          myanFriday, June 15, 2018 at 10:32 am
          SO SAD!!!!):
          • <unnamed>Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:46 am
            Ya no, another shootin' happened last week.
            • #keepgunsTuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:10 am
              I feel bad but no one understands that a metal pole can due as good as a job as a gun can. P.s. Gun don’t kill people, people kill people’s
              • chloeknight8505
                chloeknight8505Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:32 am
                I will pray for yall
                • ziva_david
                  ziva_davidTuesday, May 8, 2018 at 4:25 am
                  There have been countless threats at MY school!!!!!!:( My friends are not coming to school on the planed shooting dates. Please keep North-East Indiana in your thoughts. My dad was threatened. We have all made it out alive with no gun entering our school.
                  • strangerFriday, May 4, 2018 at 10:36 am
                    No more guns
                    • MARCH4OURLIVESMonday, April 30, 2018 at 3:15 pm
                      We need to help the kids and promote the common good but look out for our individual rights we need balence

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