Gun Safety Activism in Schools and Beyond

The Parkland students are also encouraging people to register to vote as soon as they turn
eighteen (or pre-register at sixteen) so they can vote out members of Congress who are not
supporting the changes that the students are asking for. The Parkland students started the
hashtag #ThrowThemOut, which has the goal of throwing out lawmakers who only give their
“thoughts and prayers” instead of taking action to save the lives of innocent high schoolers.
On Saturday, March 24th the March for Our Lives event was held in Washington, D.C..
Citizens from across the country headed to D.C. to continue their fight to end gun violence.

Additional progress has also been made. Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, signed a bill that
raises the age to buy a gun from eighteen to twenty-one. The bill also generated a waiting
period of three days for firearm purchases. Bump stocks, devices that convert semi-automatic
into automatic weapons and allow the gun to rapidly fire many more bullets than a
semi-automatic rifle is capable of firing, are now illegal in Florida. The Parkland students’
activism continues to spread to other states such as Oregon where Governor Kate Brown
signed a bill that prevents domestic abusers from owning guns. Corporations are making
changes too. Dick’s Sporting Goods is no longer selling semi-automatic rifles and raised the
age to purchase guns from 18 to 21.

Students deserve to be able to attend school without having a fear of getting shot. Parkland
students and students across the country, including those at Winchester High School, should
continue to fight for their lives and against gun violence. Unfortunately, we had a snow day
on March 14th, the day of the National School Walkout but we rescheduled and the event was
a huge success with many students participating and protesting.

Although it is scary to think about something so horrible ever happening in our community,
we need to know what to do in that type of situation. The ALICE training drills are a good
way to prepare our school. If a student ever sees or hears something concerning, they
should report this to an adult at school. Students have the power to make a difference
through our voices and our persistence and our votes but we need our parents, our teachers,
and our lawmakers to join us in our mission. We will not be silenced.