ON February 14, Valentine’s Day, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and injured 15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Cruz was expelled from the school the previous year for unknown reasons, but many were not surprised as he has been making threats to shoot up the school since 2016. This marked the US’s 41st mass shooting of 2018. 6 more have occurred since.
However, unlike many mass shootings in the US that end with no change, people are starting to believe this is the one to make a difference. The survivors are teenagers prone to using social media and they have been speaking their mind on the politicians’ sending prayers since the very beginning.
Survivors turned activists such as Emma González, David Hogg, and Sarah Chadwick are dominating all social platforms. They are protesting against the second amendment of the United States Constitution which, in short, makes it available for nearly every person of age to buy a gun. Many of the US citizens are supporters of the amendment and they have, so far, turned down every attempt at changing the law.
These kids are the brains behind a nation-wide school walk-out that will take place on March 14, at 10 a.m. in every time zone. It will be a protest to the US’s National Rifle Association, which advocates for the citizens’ safety and keeping the second amendment intact. They are also planning a march called MARCH FOR OUR LIVES in Washington, DC, on March 24.
CNN reports a higher-than-ever percentage of people who are looking for a gun reform. Immediately after the Parkland shooting, the number jumped from last October’s 52% to 70%, a significant sign something is happening.
People are boycotting whole companies, such as Amazon Prime, which hasn’t terminated its contracts with the NRA in light of these events. Others are letting people know of companies that have already done that.
In an era where social media is the pathway to every part of the world, these teens are making their voices heard, not allowing the media to treat them as a short-term tragedy. They are adamant at making a change and maybe that’s the spirit the entire world needs right now.