Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High high school shooting are not taking a summer vacation. They have planned a campaign, aimed at the four million Americans turning 18 this year, for stricter gun laws, with a plan for a 60-day, 20-state bus tour to rally the youth vote ahead of November’s U.S. midterm elections. The March for Our Lives: Road to Change tour will start on June 15 in Chicago with a peace march.
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No-one answers the phone anymore – The Atlantic
- How I’ve learned to get someone to put down their phone and listen – Fast Company
Alcohol should be banned on flights – WSJ
The U.S.A.’s National Security Agency (NSA) posters from the 50s and 60s [pdf] – Government Attic
Your Guide to March for Our Lives Rallies From New York to L.A. – Time Magazine:
More than 500,000 people — in major cities like New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Portland — are expected to march in solidarity with the Florida shooting survivors to advocate for gun control and school safety.
Following the shooting — now the deadliest high school shooting in the country — the students from Parkland, along with students around the country, have been taking action: Visiting statehouses to demand legislative action, staging walkouts, and organizing marches.
As I write this, Emma Gonzalez has 1.17 million followers. I’m one of them. You can too.
Valerie Strauss, writing for the Washington Post:
@Emma4Change is high school senior Emma González, 18, who has quickly become a national figure since she became a vocal proponent of gun control after surviving the Feb. 14 killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
She joined Twitter this month and already has 1.15 million followers. The National Rifle Association, which she opposes and which has long opposed gun-control measures, joined the social media platform in February 2009. It has 606,000 Twitter followers.
Michael Ian Black, writing an opinion piece for The New York Times:
Last week, 17 people, most of them teenagers, were shot dead at a Florida school. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School now joins the ranks of Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine and too many other sites of American carnage. What do these shootings have in common? Guns, yes. But also, boys. Girls aren’t pulling the triggers. It’s boys. It’s almost always boys.
America’s boys are broken. And it’s killing us.
The brokenness of the country’s boys stands in contrast to its girls, who still face an abundance of obstacles but go into the world increasingly well equipped to take them on.
Why I’m done trying to be “man enough” – Justin Baldoni at TEDWomen 2017
NPR reported on this last week, but it’s worth revisiting.
Sheera Frenkel and Daisuke Wakabayashi, NY Times:
One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.
The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag #guncontrolnow. Others used #gunreformnow and #Parklandshooting. Earlier on Wednesday, before the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., many of those accounts had been focused on the investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“This is pretty typical for them, to hop on breaking news like this,” said Jonathon Morgan, chief executive of New Knowledge, a company that tracks online disinformation campaigns. “The bots focus on anything that is divisive for Americans. Almost systematically.”
I’ve been unable to write about the school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Words fail me. I’m sad and angry to see yet another senseless act that deliberately targets innocent lives. The absolute raw horror. It’s become almost epidemic. And yet politicians, mostly Republicans it must be said, don’t even want to talk about it. Too soon they say. But they never do. And they refuse to do something, anything, to curtail these senseless killings. The opposite in fact. They have removed barriers so that almost anyone can buy a gun. By doing nothing, except for pressing the replay button and sending their prerecorded ‘thoughts and prayers’ message every time one of these mass murders happens to make national news, they are complicit in each life lost and life forever injured.
It will be America’s young people that will fix this. It’s a cliche to say the future belongs to them, but it does. I thought it might take a generation. But after seeing the videos of Emma Gonzalez (below) and other young people that survived the indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I’m hopeful it will happen sooner.
More: After Sandy Hook we said never again. And then we let 1,607 mass shootings happen. – Vox
In December 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children, six adults, and himself. Since then, there have been at least 1,607 mass shootings, with at least 1,846 people killed and 6,459 wounded.
The Sandy Hook tragedy was only 5 years and 2 months ago.