Never Again is an organization, led by children and teens, that is determined to fight for stronger gun control laws in the United States. Compared to other countries, gun homicides in the United States are sky high. Recently, there was a shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida on February 14, in which 17 students and teachers were killed. Students at that school have decided that they want change.
Three students who were involved in the Parkland shooting are leading the demand for gun control in the US: Emma González (age 18), Alex Wind (age 17), and Cameron Kasky (age 17). They lead an organization called Never Again, in which they plan marches to push change. So far, there have been 800+ sibling marches around the world. Some girls at our school attended one of these many marches in New York City.
Never Again has moved many, and has encouraged some states with few gun control laws to increase their control measures. In Florida, lawmakers passed a bill raising the minimum age for purchasing guns from 18 to 21. In addition to this, Florida has instituted other restrictions, including a three-day waiting period on all gun purchases, and a ban on bump stocks. Some retailers, including Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods, have also raised their minimum age for purchasing guns from 18 to 21.
If you are wondering how you can help stop gun violence in the United States, there are things even you can do to make a change. First, you should always be kind to your classmates. When people are violent to others on campus, it is usually because they were bullied or excluded when they were in school. It is important to make sure everyone feels included and cared for. Another thing anyone can do to help is to speak up! Four out of five school shooters tell others about their plans before they act. Tell a trusted adult anything you hear that might put your school in danger. Lastly, advocate for change! Attend the worldwide marches, and talk to your local, state, and national leaders to help change gun control laws, and to save lives.