‘Inaction is not an option’: anti-gun activists fight the odds in gun-loving Texas

'Inaction is not an option': anti-gun activists fight the odds in gun-loving Texas

Marcel McClinton was napping in his hotel room the Sunday after a shattering 48 hours following the latest US school shooting , when a text message flashed on his phone. It read: “I’m a student at Santa Fe high school. Though everything is overwhelming right now, myself and a few of my friends would like to help in the movement for change soon.” It was from Megan McGuire, a junior at the Texas school where eight students and two teachers were murdered , police said, by a 17-year-old gunman who burst into a first-period art class with a revolver and a shotgun. McClinton is an organizer with the Houston branch of March for Our Lives, the student-led gun reform group created after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, on 14 February. The 16-year-old, along with other activists, rushed to Santa Fe to help anyone who wanted it. He was unsure how many would take him up on the offer. What was startling about Parkland was not only the strength and eloquence of the students turned nationally known activists, but also the speed with which a movement was born and built, more or less overnight. But Santa Fe is small-town, deep-red, gun-loving Texas . It is less than an hour’s drive from the heart of Houston yet politically and culturally very different from the big city whose police chief, Art Acevedo, clashed on social media with the National Rifle Association (NRA) after a Facebook post […]

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