National Die-In Day: teens renew gun control push after Santa Fe shooting

National Die-In Day: teens renew gun control push after Santa Fe shooting

On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history — until it wasn’t . Amanda Fugleberg, 18, wanted to remember the day and what it did to her Orlando community. She had planned a visit to Washington, DC, after her high school graduation; since she was there, she figured she should do something . That something is now a “National Die-In Day,” the next major event in gun control activism, meant to honor the victims of the Pulse shooting. The National Die-In is scheduled to take place on the lawn of the US Capitol on June 12, starting at 10:30 am, with speeches and rallies. At noon, students will drop to the ground and lie still for 12 minutes. Fugleberg came up with the number based on statistics from the Gun Violence Archive , which lists more than 700 mass shootings since Pulse. That number, divided by 60 seconds, comes out to approximately 12 minutes. Fugleberg worked on the plan with David Hogg , a prominent Parkland, Florida, student activist. Now dozens of fellow activists are reaching out to participate or are hosting sister “die-ins” in their state capitals or city halls across the country. Protests have been scheduled from New York to Honolulu . National Die-In Day is the latest student-led protest to call attention to gun violence and demand gun reform. Last week, a 17-year-old student brought […]

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