2017-2018 Commentary Slider — 02 March 2018
Thoughts and prayers aren’t keeping kids alive

Continued school shootings reinforce the need to change U.S. gun laws

By Leonel Guillen & Buna Poeng

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and dozens injured. This marks the 18th mass shooting of 2018 in the U.S., per Everytown for Gun Safety. Students who were injured from the shooting have been taken to Broward Health Hospital and the people who were killed are being mourned by others.

The shooter was identified as 19 year old Nikolas Cruz, a former student that attended the school. However, he was expelled for disciplinary reasons and students described him as a troubled person and a loner.

As per usual, our political leaders of today sent out their thoughts and prayers via Twitter. However, backlash has come from many, and people argue that these politicians aren’t doing anything with how to stop school shootings

After the incident, students and people were scared and also upset that this has happened at their school.

“This cannot be a political issue,” California Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted on Feb 15. “We have to have smart gun safety laws–our babies are being slaughtered.”

We agree with Senator Harris, and that our nation should work towards gun reform. Politicians can send all the thoughts and prayers that they want, but what we want is action.

Students, in particular, have been at the forefront of this movement for gun reform since the last mass shooting (Florida). Emma Gonzalez, a student of the school where the Florida shooting took place, gave a speech in front of many calling out many politicians for stricter gun laws. We believe that students coming together, and leading the movement along with the rest of the nation will bring forth a voice so loud that the government won’t be able to stay actionless any longer. We encourage students from around the country to register and vote for stricter guns laws so that we could prevent this from happening again.

There is a nationwide school walkout on Mar. 14, lasting from 10 to 10:17 a.m . A group of Oakland High students will meet at the front of the school at 10. Students who are interested can sign up at the Oakland High Says Enough! event page.

We encourage as many students as possible to participate and show solidarity with the our fellow students. Power to the people!


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