By Amanda Holpuch : theguardian – excerpt (includes video)
Survivors of the Florida attack have grown up in a world where school shootings are the norm, and they want a different future
Unsure whether he would be a victim or survivor of the mass shooting taking place outside his Florida classroom, 14-year-old Aidan Minoff sent an eight-word tweet.
“I am in a school shooting right now … ” Aidan said, before the world knew the day would end with 17 students and teachers dead.
Tens of thousands of people locked onto Aidan’s feed for the next 86 minutes, where he posted messages from the linoleum floor of his classroom, amid a forest of metal desk legs.
When the carnage ended, Aidan, and other teenagers who survived the attack, faced the cold lens of news cameras, not knowing the fate of all their friends and teachers, but they were sure about one thing.
Solutions must be found to tackle US gun violence crisis. “How are we allowed to buy guns at the age of 18 or 19? That’s something we shouldn’t be able to do,” Lyliah Skinner, who survived the shooting, told CNN…
“It was about guns. Guns give these disgusting people the ability to kill other human beings” – Carly Novell, shooting survivor
“We’re children,” David Hogg, a 17-year-old survivor, said. “You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together. Come over your politics and get something done.”…
The Resisitance Now: ‘Throw them out’: plans to eject politicians ‘beholden to the gun lobby’
By Adam Gabbatt : the guardian – excerpt
Moms Demand Action and Everytown launch campaign to empower voters following the horrors of Parkland...
Activists pressure politicians to act on gun control
Activist organizations have renewed calls for gun control in the US in the wake of the school shooting in Florida.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, together with Everytown for Gun Safety, launched a campaign on Friday which it says will “empower voters to find out where candidates stand on gun safety”.
“Throw them out” will target members of Congress who are “beholden to the gun lobby”, Moms Demand Action said. They’ve set up five steps people can follow to pressure lawmakers, including how to get politicians on the record as committing to stricter gun control and a tool to encourage friends to vote.
The campaign uses a Washington Post interactive to help people track donations by the National Rifle Association. It means voters can understand which of their representatives have received money from the lobbying organization…
Indivisible, the progressive organization made up of thousands of groups across the country, is pursuing another line – encouraging people to pressure their members of congress to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. That bill would allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry a hidden weapon across state lines…