By Sam Margolis ’18
In the short duration of 2018, there have been 19 school shootings in America and it is unforgivable that minimal action is being taken by our leaders to combat the issue.
It is no shock that President Trump has done nothing but tweet narcissistic nonsense in the days following the Parkland shooting. His remarks quickly sparked controversy and public outrage, which is evident in the backlash he received from the victims.
Numerous grieving, agitated Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students from Parkland took to social media in response to the lack of effort the government is putting in to reforming gun laws to make American schools safer.
“I don’t want your condolences, my friends and teachers were shot. Multiple of my fellow classmates are dead. Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won’t fix this. But gun control will prevent it from happening again,” a teenage Parkland shooting survivor retorted.
High school students nationwide have recognized that thoughts and prayers will not suffice any longer and action must be taken to prevent gun violence in schools, since our leaders are not doing anything about the issue except waiting until the next shooting happens, offering the victims their condolences, and repeating the cycle.
The American youth is stepping up and voicing their concerns about gun violence, advocating for stricter gun laws. Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez delivered a powerful speech at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last week.
“They say tougher guns laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. That us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works. We call BS.”
If an 18 year old is able to legally purchase a weapon of war, then teen advocates like Emma Gonzalez are more than capable of voicing their beliefs, organizing peaceful protests, and working towards change.
One such protest called “March For Our Lives,” organized by Parkland shooting survivors, is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 in Washington, D.C. This march will also take place in other major cities, including Philadelphia.
“March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar,” according to the official mission statement.
The goals of these protests are to capture the attention of government officials and ignite change in gun laws, making weapons such as the AR-15 unattainable by average American citizens. Children and teachers should feel safe attending school everyday, and parents should not fear sending their kids there. The voices of the students will not be silenced any longer as they advocate for reform.