Gun Violence Doesn’t Break For Summer. Neither Do These Student Activists.

Gun Violence Doesn’t Break For Summer. Neither Do These Student Activists.

Marjan Naderi, Mary Kamara, Aniyah Smith and Dani Miller perform a slam poem about gun violence, using cues from their phones. School may be out, but the young gun control activists of the Montgomery Students For Gun Control are using the summer downtime to strengthen their cause. The group was formed after the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and its members work to raise awareness about gun violence and advocate for gun control. A few months ago, they coordinated with Parkland survivors to organize the March For Our Lives on the National Mall. Several group members spoke at the rally, including co-presidents Dani Miller, a senior at Winston Churchill High School, and Michael Solomon, a senior at Springbrook High School “If you don’t give us stricter background checks, heavier restrictions on AR-15 style weapons and easier access to mental health institutions and resources, you will pay dearly at the ballot box,” said Solomon at the march, to cheers. Now, the group is trying to follow through on that promise. After the March for our Lives, they organized headline-grabbing school walkouts and demonstrations. Near the end of the semester, four members were arrested during a lie-in outside of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office on Capitol Hill. That got the media’s attention, says Karenna Nambiar, a senior at Winston Churchill, but it didn’t save any lives. “I think the civil disobedience creates a momentum, but we need to use that momentum to push us forward,” Nambiar said. Miller […]

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