After years of inaction from lawmakers, a reasonable gun reform might finally be on the horizon thanks to the latest movement started by shooting victims and survivors who are standing up to say enough is enough.
#NeverAgain is a movement started by Marjorie Stoneman Douglas students to fight for stricter gun control laws in the wake of the shooting that claimed the lives of three teachers and 14 students on February 14th. And so far, the movement has not only sparked a national conversation, but most importantly it has achieved something all other gun protests hadn’t achieved: actual change.
School safety has always been a priority, but these days parents, students, faculty, and administration are on the edge. And this time it is different because it’s the young victims and survivors speaking up and speaking out, taking charge of the political activism that they just can’t leave to the adults anymore.
We’re living in a reality where our kids and teens have access to endless amounts of information at their fingertips and they’re using it to get attention left and right. They’re using social media, rallies, walkouts, and anything they can to cast their message as far as possible. Many of the survivors have gained thousands of followers across social media platforms, with Emma Gonzalez, one of the most outspoken MSD survivors, gaining over 1.3 million followers on Twitter— more than twice the number of followers of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
However, what’s been most impressive about this movement is the fact that they have been able to get results in just a matter of weeks. So far, the #NeverAgain movement has caused a long list of reputable companies to cut ties with the NRA, including Delta, United Airlines, Hertz, MetLife, Enterprise, Avis, and more. Additionally, Florida governor Rick Scott signed a law increasing the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21, which is one the most aggressive actions on gun control taken anywhere in the country in recent years.
Next up on #NeverAgain’s to-do list is the “March 4 Our Lives” in Washington D.C. on March 24th, following the footsteps of the Women’s March that happened in January.
If you wish to support the #NeverAgain movement, you can help by spreading the word on social media, participating in the national school walk out on April 20th, or joining the march in Washington and its sister marches across the country on March 24th (for a list of all marches taking place that day, click here.) You can also contribute by donating to the GoFundMe campaign set up by MSD Student Cameron Casky, which has raked in nearly $3 million so far: https://www.gofundme.com/8psm8-march-for-our-lives.