On February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were murdered and fourteen more were taken to hospitals, making it one of the world’s deadliest school massacres.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting is the 6th school shooting resulting in injuries this year. According to gun control group Everytown USA, there have been 17 incidents of gunfire in schools this year. This shooting stroke a fear into all Americans, and many people are demanding gun control. The survivors of the mass shooting participated in a protest, and more than 100 of them are planning on visiting the state capital to speak with state lawmakers. They have also announced their upcoming “March of our Lives” which will take place in Washinton, D.C, and several cities around the country.
Students like Emma Gonsalez, have criticized politicians like President Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida Gov. Rick Scott for accepting donations from the National Rifle Association. She gave a … speech about this. One of the points with the upcoming march is to raise awareness about lawmakers who have received donations from the NRA and hold them accountable for the mass shootings in the U.S.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is also calling on Congress to enact stricter gun control legislation.
“This happens no where else other than the United States of America, this epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting,” he said. “It only happens here — not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.”