Parkland Shooting: Where Gun Control and School Safety Stand Today

Parkland Shooting: Where Gun Control and School Safety Stand Today

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Eve Edelheit for The New York Times On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student slaughtered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The next day, David Hogg, a student who survived the attack, expressed his frustration at the pattern of political inaction that seems to follow mass shootings in the United States. He was not surprised that there had been another school shooting, he said, and that fact alone “says so much about the current state that our country is in, and how much has to be done.” “We need to do something,” he said. In the course of the next year, students would change the way the nation handles mass shootings, spurring new gun legislation and school safety measures, and holding to account the adults they felt had failed them. Here’s a look at where they made those changes happen, and where they were disappointed. The Students Take the Lead With Parkland, it was the students who set the agenda. Their openness about their pain made them formidable leaders of the movement for gun control, and their displays of strength and utter grief struck a chord with a nation numbed by repeated acts of violence. In the weeks after the shooting, busloads of Stoneman Douglas students took their case to the Florida capital and to Washington . With a rallying cry of “Never Again,” they gathered support from other young people and activists, and their March For Our Lives campaign spurred huge rallies and […]

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