Young people spur movement

Isaac Braeske, Guest writer

The 2018 Parkland shooting caused a new generation to speak up about gun control, as well as other gun-related issues. Survivors are taking center stage by giving interviews and talking to the media about their opinions on the gun control situation in America. This is a first, as in the past school shooting survivors have stayed private. The students are making positive change in the world, by spearheading a generation that will bring change to America.

On Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz opened fire on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, people thought it was just going to be like every other school shooting. The kids and parents would stay quiet and people would forget about it in a week. But the students wanted that to change. They heralded change by attending rallies, marches, and other events.

Young people in the 1960s and 1970s brought about change by protesting, and the children of the Parkland shooting are similar, according to Bill Murray, who wrote an online op-ed for Entertainment Weekly. The Parkland kids have started a movement that the teenage and pre-teen generation is taking part in, which is admirable. The kids have spurred a movement that is now spanning all across America, which we haven’t seen since the 60’s/70’s, and that tends to garner them comparison.

As Parkland victims try to bring on change, many people try to stop them. Many conservatives are fighting against the “March for our Lives” movement, calling the Parkland survivors “crisis actors.” The opposition to the movement is not as strong as the movement itself, though, and the Parkland kids keep pushing through. In these very difficult times many people, adults included, admire the Parkland kids for their inspiration and bravery. And to kids, they push the idea that even young people can make a difference in the world.