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Another National School Walkout: When Will Things Change?

Joslynn Monroig, Student Life Editor

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Just last month on March 14th, there was a nation wide school walkout for the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and protests for more gun control; and less than one month later there was another national school walkout.

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Victims in the Columbine high school shooting

This particular walkout was sparked by another shooting. Forest High School in Ocala, Florida has been the latest location for another senseless shooting. Only one seventeen year old student was injured due to a shot in the ankle, but he said, “I am so glad it was me and not one of my friends.” Although this walkout was to take a moment for February’s mass shooting at another Florida school, Stoneman Douglas, it also marks the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine shooting where twelve students and a teachers lives were taken by two gunman.

Many students across the nation have said that not enough has been done to help prevent mass shootings.

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Protesters during most recent walk out

Besides many taking numerous moments of silence, other actions throughout the day have included allowing open-mic time for students to share concerns about the recent shooting epidemic, marching to a local lawmaker’s offices and protesting their concerns, and helping those who register who are able to vote.

Students at more than 2,500 schools were to participate. Posters read “Enough is Enough,” and “Tears are OUR Future.” The protesters made it very clear of what the want, more gun control. The protesters want Congress to start looking out for the interests of the students rahter than catering to the demands of the National Rifle Association (NRA). This would mean (for some protesters, not all) a federal ban on the military-style firearms and the use of high-capacity ammunition magazines that have become the main tools of most recent mass shooters. Also a very needed  revamping of the

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national criminal background check system.

President Trump completely backtracked from his promise of gun law reform, offering instead an approach built around the alarming idea arming teacher with guns themselves. Congress, continues to argue whether this is the right decision or not.

We have all seen enough pointless shootings and the same meaningless cycle that happens afterwards. The media spends a few short days on the story, politicians and people in the public eye with huge platforms offer their “thoughts and prayers,” and nothing ever changes. The only way things will begin to change is if people continue participating in walkouts, continuing to write to your state representatives, and keep protesting!

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