Seventeen lives were taken (fourteen wounded) at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Parkland, Florida shooting, and the surviving students have sparked a nationwide movement with a mission to end gun violence through policy reform.
A Brief Look Into The Stats
- For children ages 0 – 17, firearm injuries are the 3rd leading cause of death. Yeah – that’s in the U.S., folks.
- Between 2012 – 2014, nearly 1,300 children died each year in the United States due to gun violence (53% homicides/38% suicides/6% unintentional/3%l legal intervention or undetermined).
- When a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, the risk of homicide for women increases by 500%.
- Oh and uhhh, women who own a gun are twice as likely to die by firearm homicide than women who do not.
- Sure, under Federal Law domestic violence gun bans apply to anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence against a parent/guardian, spouse, child, co-parent, or (current/former) romantic and cohabitating partners. But what about those who haven’t been convicted? Boyfriends (only 13 states have closed the “boyfriend loophole”)? The fact that only half of domestic violence incidents are even reported to police?
March For Our Lives
“March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.
On March 24th, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.
The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.” – March For Our Lives, marchforourlives.com
Mad Girls Mag takes #MarchForOurLives
Mad Girl Mackenzie Allen caught the Austin, Texas #MarchForOurLives.
“[I’ve] been dying to speak out and this was the perfect time. There were over 7,000 people there from what I’ve seen/heard and it’s so peaceful, organized and kid friendly.” – Mackenzie Allen (UPDATE: a reported 20,000 people attended the Austin #MarchForOurLives)