Education Matters: Parkland students still passionate about gun control

Education Matters: Parkland students still passionate about gun control

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Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Sofie Whitney and Brendan Duff with moderator Jordan Harrison, senior director of programs at the non-profit Reality Changers.(Courtesy) Wearing their “March For Our Lives” T-shirts, former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Sofie Whitney and Brendan Duff were featured at an event held at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla on June 2. Whitney and Duff came to San Diego to discuss the student-led movement against gun violence and took part in an informal conversation with moderator Jordan Harrison, senior director of programs at the non-profit Reality Changers. Following the shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school last year on Feb. 14 that killed 17 and injured 17 more, MSD students, many too young to vote, organized one of the largest marches in history and ignited a revolution among young people aimed at bringing awareness to America’s easy access to guns and the marked increase in gun violence in recent years. “We need to act with the urgency this issue deserves,” said Duff, 21, who graduated from MSD in 2016. He said the biggest enemies of their movement are apathy and complacency. Whitney agreed, saying the hardest part of the work is getting people to care if they are not personally affected. Duff said the focus is not just school shootings, that there’s not just one kind of gun violence. He cited suicides and violence on the streets of America’s major cities, mentioning Chicago and Baltimore. The movement demands […]

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