just after my third birthday
, and in its wake all handguns were banned, followed shortly after by the ban of .22 caliber guns as well. After Dunblane a gun amnesty was called and
more than 162,000 handguns were surrendered
. Since then, nearly 22 years later, the UK has had one mass shooting.
I’ve never known a life in which I have had to fear mine in a way that American kids do. I’ve never had to face the kind of corrupt corporate lobbying and empty rhetoric that follows every time something like this happens in America. For those of us in the rest of the world, we just sit and watch baffled, stunned, heartbroken. Helpless, time and time again. I can’t even imagine what it must feel like to be a young US citizen.
But this time, things could be different, and you don’t need to be in America to play your part.
This time, the students of
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida
are taking things into their own hands. After the deaths of seventeen people at the hands of a teenager who was armed with a legally purchased AR-15 rifle, students are saying that enough is enough.
, and they will not be silenced.
‘We can’t ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises. And so, I’m asking — no, demanding — we take action now’ (
In the wake of the shooting they have organised a movement,
, demanding for leaders and US politicians to do better. Here’s what you need to know:
What is March For Our Lives?
March for Our Lives is a mass protest taking place on
March 24, 2018
, demanding that the lives and safety of young people becomes a priority, that gun violence and mass shootings in school is brought to an end.
Get the Information You Need Here
Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.