Sometimes history is easiest to see in hindsight, with scholars tracking the spark of a revolution to an unlikely source or the seeds of war to several possible origins. Sometimes we’re left to wonder what was really the straw that broke the camel’s back. But other times, you can feel the importance of a moment in history right as it’s happening. You can sense the shift in thinking, the people rising, the voices raising in pitch and certainty.
When we look at the teens from Parkland, Florida, the leadership roles they’ve assumed, the other young people they’re rallying, their conviction and humor as they take down every detractor and insane conspiracy theorist with whip smart replies, we realize that this is an important moment in history. These revolutionary dreamers are helping to shape the next phase of the gun control conversation.
Around the country today, more teens walked out of classrooms where they don’t feels safe. More kids descended on city halls and senate buildings to call out the politicians who refuse to step out of the NRA’s money-lined pockets. More youth joined the cause, holding signs, marching, and chanting. It’s a beautiful thing to see, and an inspiring moment to witness. Because, from afar, it doesn’t look like we’re watching one event unfold, one protest or march, but a series of movements by different players that have been suddenly synchronized into one powerful message: Never again.
These are the photos from today that have us feeling inspired to fight for progress.
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Outside city hall in Tallahassee today 2/21. As a parent of a high schooler who has been a nervous wreck having to go to school after the last mass shooting that is so close to home…. I 100% support these kids. My daughters school has been getting threats of shootings, police have been going to the schools in packs, we have gotten numerous calls from the school board and the principal about PTSD, threats, to tell on suspicious acts, regarding walk outs, etc. This is not ok!!! Our youth should not be scared to go to school!!! We and our older generations should be ashamed of ourselves! We let this happen! Our youth needs our protection, our support, and guidance. People that are not stable to carry weapons whose purpose is to KILL as many people as possible at one time should NOT be able to have them! It is time for a change! I hope our children are heard. It is heartbreaking watching your child be scared to go to school! I could not even imagine the ones who no longer get to hold their babies. #stonemandouglas #walkout #protectouryouth #neveragain
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#Students in #Florida and #Maryland walked out of their #schools en masse Wednesday to #protest gun violence in what could be a preview of nationwide demonstrations planned for next month. Dozens of students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the site of the shooting that left 17 people dead last week, joined hundreds of their peers from across Florida to descend on the state Capitol, enraged that state lawmakers on Tuesday dismissed a bill that would ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. The crowd chanted slogans like "vote them out" and "never again," railing against the Republican-controlled chamber, the Associated Press reported. "We're what's making the change. We're going to talk to these politicians," Alfonso Calderon, one of the shooting survivors, told CBS News, adding: "We're going to keep pushing until something is done, because people are dying and this can't happen anymore." Students at the Florida rally wore "We call B.S." T-shirts, according to The Washington Post. The slogans referred to their peer, Emma Gonzalez, who recently used the phrase in an impassioned speech denouncing lawmakers for inaction on gun control. Also Wednesday, thousands of high-school students from Maryland marched at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, chanting "NRA, not today," according to The Hill. "After the Parkland, Florida, shooting, we students can no longer stay silent on the issue of gun violence in the United States," a Maryland student named Daniel Gelillo said in a statement announcing the event. "Far too many innocent lives have been taken in these slaughters, all because of the easy access and availability of guns in general and assault weapons in particular." Students have planned a national school walkout on March 14 and a "March for Our Lives" protest on March 24. Lawmakers appear to be under the most pressure in recent memory to enact gun-control measures, and public-opinion polls show American voters are increasingly favoring stricter gun laws.