The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took place on February 14, 2018 — Valentine’s Day. Seventeen students, teachers, and staff were killed. They mourned, became angry but then the students vowed to do something to try to lessen the number and severity of mass shootings throughout the country. So they met, planned and organized a march — a March for Our Lives.
Only a few weeks later The March happened in Washington, DC with 800,000 students and supporters from all 50 states marching. We marveled. How did they pull it off?
The Douglas High School students were intensely motivated to try to save lives — their own and those of millions of other children. Being in school together, seeing each other almost every day, they became cohesive groups who could work to do something.
Strong motivation and tight cohesion are two reasons for their success. But The March was not the end of students’ activism. There will be more marches and requests for town halls with elected officials, they will pressure legislators to pass gun control laws, they will register eligible voters to vote and when they are 18 they will vote!
The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School seems to be the first to inspire a forceful movement by young people and others for stronger gun control lows, and their enforcement. Let it go forward!