Written By: Julia Cooper
Last year, after the tragic event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s day, students across the entire country, including those at our school, many of them who showed their support to those affected by gun violence in demonstrations on campus, were shaken and ready to threaten politicians with their votes.
“In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting, the debate over gun rights really heated up in my government classes. Like the rest of the country, I have noticed that the topic is not getting as much attention as it did last year,” AP Government and AP European History teacher Jeffrey Raymond, said.
Parkland students are aiming to take the high road, have vowed not to endorse candidates and remain a bipartisan group.
With this in mind, the student organizers of March For Our Lives continued their fight by coming up with and going on what they are calling the “Road To Change”.The students gave up their summers of fun to get to work and start creating an environment where they can effect change in politics surrounding gun violence and control on the lethal weapons. They are appealing to voters’ moral standards by using arguments along the lines of what David Hogg told Eliott C. McLaughlin of CNN.
“People have died for your right to vote. I don’t care if you’re a Republican. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat. You’re an American. Do your duty as a citizen and vote,” Hogg said.
It was a series of stops across the country to get young people motivated and registered to vote that spanned over two months.
Part of their goal for the tour was to visit every congressional district in Florida and speak to locals and their representatives. Some activities at events included carnival games, food trucks, snowcones and more.
The tour began in Chicago at an annual peace march where the Parkland kids marched with Chicago residents and celebrities such as Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Hudson. This part-education and part-registration effort made its way to the most pro-gun parts of the country as well as areas that have been highly affected by the subsequent violence of guns.