#Enough: US students plan mass walkout to call for gun control

#Enough: US students plan mass walkout to call for gun control
From Al Jazeera - March 13, 2018

Thousands of students and teachers across the US plan to walk out of schools on Wednesday to commemorate the month anniversary of the high school shooting in Florida and call for increased gun control measures to prevent future incidents.

The walkout will take place at 10am local time and will last for 17 minutes to honour the 17 people killed when a gunman opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month.

The walkout was called by Women's March Youth Empower, the youth branch of the organisation that plans worldwide protests to enact laws that favour human rights.

The group said in a statement the walkout is being called "to protest Congress' refusal to take action on the gun violence epidemic plaguing our schools and neighbourhoods".

Though students may face disciplinary action if their walkout is not sanctioned by their school's administration, many educational institutions have signalled they will allow the 17-minute memorial to proceed.

Students take lead

The movement for gun control has been reinvigorated by a spate of devastating shootings that began last October with the Las Vegas shootingthat killed at least 58 people.

Since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, students have taken the lead to call for reform.

Survivors of the shooting came together to form Never Again MSD, a student-led gun control organisation.

Emma Gonzalez, who helped found the Never Again MSD, gave a speech in which she called out politicians for not addressing mass shootings that went viral.

"Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this, we call BS," Gonzalez said.

"They say that no laws could have been able to prevent the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS," she added.

#InOurLifeTime we will fight for and alongside victims of gun violence, and we will prevail. Forget our kids, our Neighbors should not have to worry about this.

Emma Gonzlez (@Emma4Change) March 12, 2018

David Hogg, another Never Again MSD member, has become the target of conspiracy theorists who said he was a paid actor present at multiple mass shootings across the US.

David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 10, 2018


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