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US students walked out of their schools to protest gun violence: There was a 17-minute silence for 17 casualties. But the significance of this activity is not only that. Hundreds of students sat outside the White House and recalled the victims of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Fort Worth last month. Many other lost lives are shrouded in dark clouds.
After the shooting in the Parkland campus, these teenagers, known as the “Mass Shooting Generation”, have been saying they have had enough and formed a grassroots movement that required gun reforms in the United States.
March 15 was an unprecedented nationwide protest, students across the United States left the classroom to protest gun violence. A large-scale rally for gun control was held on March 24 in Washington, DC. US students will protest against gun violence outside of the campus, protest will be held on April 20th to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.
Students called for more rigorous background checks during the purchase of guns, prohibiting assault rifles [sales] and raising the age limit for gun purchasers. They are passionate and strong, but at the same time they are afraid to go to school.
They are determined to let the outside world hear their own voice. “I think all these ideas existed before the [CampusShooting] case occurred in Parkland, but I think that in fact Parkland (school where the shooting happened) is a reflection of my attending secondary school…it really could become what happened to one of us,” said Amarins
Laanstra-Corn. “We really feel the need to do something on this issue, so that (Campus Shooting) will not happen again. And, I think this movement is led by the students and led by youth. We can now vote and we can now have said.”