Remembering The Parkland School Shootings, 3 Years Later

Remembering The Parkland School Shootings, 3 Years Later

Feb. 14, 2021, marks the three-year anniversary of the Parkland school shootings. Sunday will mark the three-year anniversary of Florida’s worst school shooting, a tragic milestone for families of the 17 murder victims and countless traumatized survivors. The horrific event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland sparked the March For Our Lives movement, a nationwide gun-control effort launched by the school’s students and joined by hundreds of thousands of other teens, parents and supporters. Florida lawmakers, who were in the midst of the 2018 legislative session when Nikolas Cruz unleashed a volley of bullets at his former school in Broward County, took the rare step of enacting some gun-control measures in response to the shooting. The Legislature, for example, raised from 18 to 21 the age to purchase rifles and long guns, such as the semi-automatic weapon used to kill 14 students and three school staff members. Cruz was 19 years old at the time of the Feb. 14 attack on the school. Cruz was charged with 17 counts of murder, and his trial is in limbo, as his legal team tries to avoid the death penalty sought by prosecutors. Shortly after then-Gov. Rick Scott signed the legislation, the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit challenging the age requirement, arguing that it runs afoul of the Second Amendment. The lawsuit is still pending. Students, victims of violent crimes and gun-control advocates, meanwhile, continue the push for stronger gun laws. Stand With Parkland-the National Association of Families for […]

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