According to Teen Vogue the March For Our Lives movement has been a long time coming. Victim’s families have been fighting the hill for gun control laws from the very first time a school shooting killed a student, that’s about 7000 students ago. Incomprehensibly with every mass shooting the victim’s families voices have fallen on the deaf ears of politicians. Many believe the campaign funding accepted by politicians from the NRA influences the actions of our representatives. It is believed Congress and State Representatives do not want to risk losing NRA funding, which can range from 100,000 to millions, so they choose not to lobby for tougher gun laws. With each school shooting politicians repeat an exact formula, they ask for time to grieve, they spin the story away from tougher gun control laws and ultimately they skirt the issue.
But for whatever reason the country is no longer willing to accept this play. Some might say the buck stopped at Stoneman Douglas High, some might say this being the 18th school shooting in 2018 alone prompted action and some might say general gun violence amongst teens brought us here. Whatever the reason, students and their families are ready to take to the streets to demand action rather than wait and be the next victim of a mass school shooting.
Teen Vogue believes it is important everyone understands who got us here, and it’s primarily teenagers. But it isn’t one group of students who were scared straight into lobbying for tougher gun laws because of what happened at their school, nor is it the result of a single teen courageously braving the backlash of the NRA and their supporters to speak out and demand action from their peers and their families. Teen Vogue wants you to know this is the might of 19 years of constant lobbying by teens whose voices have gone from a whisper after one school shooting in 1999 (Columbine) to a stampede of 1 Million students who walked out of school on March 14th.
Teen Vogue’s latest digital issue features students who lobby for tougher gun control laws including the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and how their efforts have led to this very moment. Today, March 24th, kids and their families will march towards Washington D.C. to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.
“A gentle reminder that all we are aiming for here is stricter gun laws that make it harder for people to get guns because it shouldn’t be easier than getting a drivers license.
Take a look at Teen Vogue’s digital cover stars, the students fighting for gun control.