This Saturday, March 24, in hundreds of cities across America, students and their allies are taking to the streets to advocate for nationwide gun control reform. Before you pick up a protest sign and join the courageous teenagers leading the charge, check out one of these short but important books about gun violence in America to help prepare you for the March For Our Lives.
Over the course of a few hours on the morning of Sept. 6, 1949, Howard Unruh killed 13 people and wounded three others in what would become known as his "Walk of Death" and the first in a long and painful list of mass shootings in the United States. Two decades later in 1966, a sniper at the University of Texas claimed the lives of 17 people before police shot and killed him. In the years since that now infamous school shooting in Austin, 1,077 people have been killed in public mass shootings, according to The Washington Post. Countless other lives, including 223 black Americans shot and killed by police in 2017 alone, have been lost to gun violence in the U.S. in the last century.
For the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who witnessed 17 peers and teachers lose their lives during a school shooting in February, enough is finally enough. This Saturday, teen activists are saying #NeverAgain as they descend on Washington, D.C., and cities all across the country, and in other places around the world, during a nationwide rally for gun control.
Whether you're marching in Washington on Saturday, joining a local protest, or just trying to better understand the gun debate, here are five short but powerful books about gun violence in America you can finish this weekend.