Youth activists push gun control to forefront of 2020 campaign

Gun Rights

Organizer Micajah Daniels (right) marched with attendees in the Las Vegas March for Our Lives event on March 24, 2018. LAS VEGAS — As a college student here, Micajah Daniels had grown increasingly concerned with the deep problems she saw in her city — racial injustice, economic inequality, and the ever-present threat of gun violence. But among her peers, there seemed more apathy than outrage. Then in October 2017, a gunman firing from the window of a casino hotel slaughtered 58 people at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Suddenly, she said, people were paying attention. The mass shooting — the deadliest in US history — “brought a sense of community and it really took people back and made them think, ‘Is this going to happen again, and if so what can we do so it doesn’t?,’ ” said Daniels, 24. Four months later, it did happen again, this time at a high school in Parkland, Fla., where a gunman with a semiautomatic rifle killed 17 people, most of them students. Now, she said, Americans — particularly young Americans who have come of age in an era of televised school carnage and terrifying active shooter drills — woke up to the issue. “There is a switch and a change that is happening,” said Daniels, a student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas who has become a local leader in the campaign against gun violence. “A lot of people are becoming more motivated and more aware of […]

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