For nearly two decades, the U.S. has been grappling with the issue of deadly school shootings and it’s not clear how the country will address it, if at all.
Last week, 17 people were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The incident reinvigorated the debate over mass shootings and gun control in the U.S. as students have been vocal in their call for action.
Young Americans have been pushing for a ban on assault weapons, such as the AR-15, which was used during the Las Vegas concert shooting, the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting and the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to USA Today.
But despite the outrage from students, not a whole lot is being done by lawmakers. On Tuesday, the Florida State House refused to consider a bill proposing a ban on assault rifles, leaving some in disbelief.
“The one fear we have is that nothing will change,” 16-year-old high school student Anthony Lopez told the New York Times.
In response to the outrage, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the Justice Department to ban so-called bump stocks, which was used in the Las Vegas massacre to fire rounds of bullets more quickly. The device was not believed to be used in the deadly Parkland incident.
But for activists, more action is needed on gun control and mental health.
As recently as Wednesday, Florida’s young survivors have been marching out of their classrooms in solidarity as they publicly push for substantive legislative changes. Some are championing the #NeverAgain campaign aimed at preventing this kind of tragedy from reoccurring.
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