Never Again. That's the name that Parkland, Florida shooting survivors have chosen for their movement. "Never again" is their rallying call to change gun laws and put a stop to the heartbreaking familiarity of mass shootings in the United States. They might not be old enough to vote yet, but in the wake of tragedy, these teenagers are standing up for what they believe in. If you want to support Parkland students and their gun control advocacy, donate to their causes. This could be the rare time when a mass shooting results in legislative change.
On Feb. 14, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had the gut-wrenching horror of seeing their fellow students and faculty members gunned down by a 19-year-old former student, armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. The killing spree was the eighth mass shooting in 2018 that resulted in death — 17 people died in the attack, and numerous others have been hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
When it comes to mass shootings, we remember the most publicized ones. Aurora. Newtown. Orlando. Sutherland Springs. Las Vegas — the deadliest shooting in recent U.S. history; now we have Parkland. But the sad reality is the United States has more mass shootings than any other country in the world. Since 2000, there have been school shootings in 43 out of 50 states, according to The Washington Post.
And Parkland students have had enough — "We are sick of the Florida lawmakers choosing money from the NRA over our safety," reads the mission statement for the Never Again Facebook page.
Here are a few ways you can donate to Parkland students, their grieving community, and policy change.