In the wake of the deadly Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a call to action has been sparked to enforce stricter gun control laws.
The gunman was a former student at the high school and shot multiple rounds with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle.
A total of 17 were killed, consisting of both students and faculty. Fourteen others were injured.
According to gun advocacy group EveryTown for Gun Safety, the Parkland massacre is the 17th school shooting to have occurred in 2018. Among the incidents listed is the CSUSB campus shooting, which occurred on Jan. 10.
There were shots fired near the Visual Arts building, with at least one bullet entering a classroom. There were no injuries or deaths.
Walker Beverly, a graduate teaching associate in the communication studies department, believes that CSUSB should be actively involved in the efforts to enact stricter gun control laws.
“These kids in Florida are starting a movement and CSUSB needs to be a part of that movement … because we have had a shooting on our campus this year, a shooting at a local elementary school and our campus was used for evacuations, and we can never forget the San Bernardino mass murders a couple of years ago,” he said. “Movements start just like the Floridians are doing and we need to figure out a way for CSUSB’s voices to be heard and be a part of their movement. A march, a walkout, something to show solidarity on this subject of mass murders and assault weapons.”
Students from high schools across the country staged walk-outs to show solidarity with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to demand change from lawmakers. Demonstrations of activism also included a silent lie-in outside of the White House on Feb. 19.
A group, called March For Our Lives, was formed by survivors of the fatal Florida high school shooting. Their mission statement is “to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address … gun issues.”
March For Our Lives has already garnered significant support from the public, with celebrities like George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey donating generously to the cause.
There are currently plans led by the student activists of March For Our Lives to stage a march in Washington, D.C. on March 24.
To learn more about the movement, visit marchforourlives.com.