On February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was met with incredible tragedy, as a former student walked into the school and opened fire. Seventeen people lost their lives, and the students have been working tirelessly to change gun control laws in the country.
Emma Gonzalez, a senior at MSDHS, gave an empowering speech while calling for action from the government.
"We are up here standing together because if all our government and President can do is send thoughts and prayers," she said. "Then it's time for victims to be the change that we need to see."
The students have been working tirelessly to make sure that no other school will have to go through what they did, which was unthinkable to most. They are asking for stricter gun laws, more background checks, and any help from the government they can get.
President Donald Trump stunned many when he agreed with Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's bill proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase assault rifles.
“I think it’s something you have to think about,” Trump said. “It doesn’t make sense that I have to wait until I’m 21 to get a handgun but I can get [an assault rifle] weapon at 18."
President Trump also didn't rule out banning the weapons altogether. This change is huge in terms of gun control and the safety of others. The bill would also require more extensive background checks for potential gun owners which would hopefully rule out people with severe mental illnesses.
MSDHS made an interesting move to make their campus safer.