3 siblings bond through March For Our Lives after shooting

3 siblings bond through March For Our Lives after shooting

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In this, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo, Matt Deitsch, center, hugs his sister Sam, left, and mother Elizabeth, as Elizabeth prepares to take Sam to the airport on for a speaking engagement in Washington, from their home in Parkland, Fla. Matt, Sam and their brother Ryan have crisscrossed the country helping to register young voters and advocate for stricter gun laws. (Wilfredo Lee/AP) PARKLAND, Fla. — Last February, Matt Deitsch was living his dream studying at a California university. His brother, Ryan, was about to graduate from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and head to college, the natural next step for the middle child from a family in the affluent suburb of Parkland. Since the shooting, the brothers have put college on hold and moved into the national spotlight as they helped organize March For Our Lives, sparking a national conversation about gun control. They’ve crisscrossed the country with their younger sister Sam, speaking about assault rifles bans and universal background checks and visiting college campuses to register young voters. Matt, now 21, flew to South Africa to accept the International Children’s Peace Prize. He and younger brother Ryan worked with “Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo to write a public service announcement encouraging youth to vote. “I don’t think anyone can truly explain the political journey we’ve been thrust onto. I feel like we have a better understanding of our nation’s politics than most of our politicians” Ryan said. Last Valentine’s Day, Stoneman Douglas alumnus Matt was working with a […]

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