After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th 2018, I was truly at a loss for words. For 5 days now I have followed the stories of the survivors of the shooting, watched the news, and tried to find the words to describe the feelings I have during a time like this. I still haven’t found the words, but many students from Parkland have, and I want to highlight their call to action. I am stunned by their courage to share their stories, to call upon politicians to take action on gun control, and use this tragedy to create a needed difference.
Below, you will find a series of videos including interviews and protests, links to student’s social media who are making a change, and links to ways you can help.
"Emma Gonzalez, a student at the Parkland, Florida high school where 17 people were left dead after a mass shooting, calls out President Trump and the NRA by name at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida."
"We are all reeling after yet another senseless shooting that took place at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people lost their lives and more than a dozen are hospitalized. Donald Trump gave a speech addressing the tragic events saying that no child or teacher should be afraid of their lives while at school. Jimmy agrees with Trump but in order to fix this SOMETHING has to be done. We need real laws that keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. These Congressmen and lobbyists don’t work for the NRA, they work for us. If you want to help go to www.everytown.org and write to your representatives. If they don’t listen, vote them out."
"Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo speaks at a vigil for victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Rizzo's alma mater, with Rizzo sending an emotional message after 17 people were killed by a gunman on Feb. 14, 2018."
"High School Students who survived the latest mass shooting in Parkland, Florida are planning a march in DC next month to pressure politicians on gun violence. The marches will also focus on calling politicians who take donation money from the NRA. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are planning nationwide marches as well."
"David Hogg is a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. He started recording footage on his phone during the shooting. He spoke to the Post urging Congress to take action on gun violence in schools."
I have been following a few of the student and teacher activists who are taking a stance on gun control on twitter. Below you will find a link to a few of their accounts. These are students I know will make a change and I am astonished at their courage to take action from the get go. Thank you.
Sarah Chadwick @sarahchad_
Morgan Williams @morganw_44
Rain Valladares @rain_valladares
David Hogg @davidhogg111
Emma Gonzalez @Emma4Change
Sarah Learner @mrs_lerner
Kali Clougherty @kali4change
Cameron Kasky @cameron_kasky
There has been a call to action after the shooting. Many victims are saying that this is not the time for thoughts and prayers, but a time for policy, change, and action. Below is a list of a few ways to help, ranging from donations to a victims fund to calling on legislators for action.
Here is a list to read your states gun laws.
Here is everything you need to know about the NRA and Congress.
Here is a list of the facts about gun control and gun violence.
Although there are a few fake GoFundMe pages being set up in wake of the shooting, there has been one official one created. If in anyway you are able to donate to the victims fund for the shooting, you can access it here.
The Brady Campaign is trying to cut gun deaths in half by 2025. If you are able to make a donation, all funds go towards political initiatives with the goal of passing gun control legislation.
Everytown for Gun Safety is an organization working towards to goal of gun control. To find a list of ways to help visit here.
If you live in the USA, visit States United to Prevent Gun Violence and search your state to find foundations, organizations, and other local ways to help. These sites will give you the tools to become involved.
By signing this petition, you will be pledging to only vote for candidates who support common-sense gun control laws.
Hosting your own educational gun control night can help reach out to educate your community. You can find a step by step guide on hosting this night here.
Call Upon Legislators
If you are a resident in the USA, write your Member of Congress and tell them to act on gun control legislation. Here is a list of all congress members and their contact information. Here is a list of Congress member's who received funding from the NRA, and here is a list of senators who voted no to background checks on gun sales.
"Make sure your message is clear to them that you want to see real action taken on gun control to prevent tragedies like this one from happening again."
This is the time for a change. We cannot forget the message these victims share. No child should ever go to school and never come home.