Students Demand Action reflects on gun violence as Parkland trial moves forward

Students Demand Action reflects on gun violence as Parkland trial moves forward

Image courtesy of Students Demand Action Feb. 14, 2018 is a day marked by the deaths of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It is the deadliest mass shooting event to take place in a high school in the history of the United States, surpassing the death toll of the infamous 1999 Columbine shooting. Nikolas Cruz , then 19-years-old, was arrested for the murders and is currently on trial. On March 13, the office of Michael J. Satz, Broward County State Attorney, filed a notice of its intent to seek the death penalty in Cruz’s case. A new sentencing law established by the state in 2017 requires a unanimous jury recommendation for a judge to impose the death penalty. “When the Parkland shooting happened, I was at work,” said Alisa Gonzalez, the president of the university chapter of Students Demand Action (SDA). Gonzalez described where she was on the day of the massacre, explaining that at the time, she was working at a daycare. “The day ended pretty early because a lot of parents came and started picking up their kids.” Shortly after the events at Stoneman Douglas, the university chapter of SDA was started by Gonzalez in partnership with Moms Demand Action (MDA) and Everytown For Gun Safety (ETG). As described by Gonzalez, “[SDA is] just kind of like the baby of the two.” The national organization currently has more than 400 groups across the country. In 2018, the state of Florida reported 2,902 firearm deaths […]

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