Komorebi Post– Last year, on February. A tragedy transformed not only Florida but the entire country to address gun violence. The fire drill which turned into a child’s worst nightmare. The alarm blaring as students filed from classrooms into the hallway soon became the massacre ground for one of the most violent and pivotal school shootings in America. 17 lives claimed by a nineteen-year-old gunman armed with an assault rifle and a desire to destruct and destroy. Six minutes was all it took. As Stoneman Douglas High School students grieved the loss of their friends and teachers, becoming activists against gun violence was not what anyone expected.
No legislation reform to end gun violence
Since then, students and parents of Parkland, Florida, as well as, the nation turned towards The White House for guidance, support, and action. What they received instead were public speeches and social media posts from politicians and President Donald Trump stating that thoughts and prayers were with the survivors. There was brief talk of providing support for those suffering from mental illness, otherwise, many politicians sought to place blame on one organization or another rather than take responsibility for their failure in keep children safe while attending school.
No jump to action.
No legislation reform to end gun violence.
No discussion of what the nation’s leaders would do to ensure that no other child would experience what those of Parkland, Florida had experienced.
Just, “thoughts and prayers.”
The Never Again Movement was born just four days after the school shooting. The surviving youth of Stoneman Douglas High School took matters into their own hands. Their message was clear; support gun reform with stricter background checks or get voted out in the next election season. And they meant every word of their threat. The youth of the nation came together and demanded action. They refused to let their representatives send their condolences without doing their duty. False promises of change and reform for the future was no longer acceptable.
On March 24, 2018, March For Our Lives became the largest youth organized political protest in the history of the United States. The survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting banned together with fellow youth all across the United States refusing to become another tragic statistic. Not a single adult speaker was allowed on the stage in Washington, D.C. The Never Again Movement and the youth behind it made themselves very clear; it was time for the adults to stop talking and start listening. More than 800 protests followed suit demanding that the U.S. government come up with a solution to keep the nation’s children safe as they studied at their desks.
Since the March For Our Lives in 2018, the youth of the United States have not relented in their pursuit to ending gun violence. They have become even stronger. March For Our Lives hosts town hall meetings, advocates for common sense gun regulations with a ten-point activism plan, and they have called out politicians who have supported pro-gun laws by accepting campaign donations from the National Rifle Association. They have established activism groups in every state. And they have rallied support from celebrities, parents, and local government leaders alike. As the next generation of voters, they are forcing politicians to take responsibility for their positions in government and their duty to the people. They will not be ignored, nor will they allow the traumatic deaths of their friends to ever be forgotten.