National Die-In Day: US high schoolers to protest inaction on gun control

National Die-In Day: US high schoolers to protest inaction on gun control

American high school students are organizing a National Die-In Day on 12 June to protest continued government inaction on gun control laws. The action will take place on the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and will include a die-in at noon in front of the Capitol in Washington DC and another in Orlando. The teenage organizers are hoping to spark additional die-in protests at state capitols and town halls across the country – “anywhere with lethal legislative inaction”, as one tweet put it. The founder of the die-in day, Amanda Fugleberg, is an 18-year-old high school senior from Orlando who previously organized a walkout to protest gun violence at her high school in March. Fugleberg said the die-in in Washington would last 12 minutes. That is about one second for each of what she says have been approximately 700 mass shootings in the US, defined by the not-for-profit Gun Violence Archive as incidents resulting in at least four wounded, since the Pulse attack. The recent mass shootings in the US all have one thing in common: misogyny | Jessica Valenti Read more “It was just heartbreaking,” she said of the June 2016 shooting in her hometown, which left 49 people dead and more than 50 injured. “That day, you just kept hearing the number [of the dead] rising and rising and rising. It really made me realize there’s a problem in our country with guns.” The idea of a national die-in day is being […]

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