The horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, claimed the lives of 17 students and school staff members on Valentine's Day in 2018. Soon after, Parkland survivors gained nationwide attention for their unapologetically fierce demands for comprehensive gun control legislation across America. On the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, there are ways to support gun control advocates in a few simple yet effective ways.
In a speech at the March for Our Lives rally in March 2018, Parkland survivor David Hogg called for a change in the way America addressed gun violence. "First-time voters show up 18 percent of the time at midterm elections," Hogg said last year. "Not anymore. Now, who here is going to vote in the 2018 election? If you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking."
Indirectly referring to pro-National Rifle Association (NRA) lawmakers, Hogg added, "They’ve gotten used to being protective of their position, the safety of inaction. Inaction is no longer safe. And to that, we say: No more."
A year later, as these young survivors carry on with their fight, there are ways to keep pushing to support their cause. From learning about how gun violence affects people to getting in touch with your Congress member, these simple steps can go a long way.