Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed, students from Parkland, Florida have called for a “March for Our Lives” on March 24.
According to the official event page, there are over 750 “March for our Lives” events planned worldwide. As well as marches, organisers will also hold lessons in gun violence in places as far away as the island of Mauritius. Organisers are calling for political action, saying that they want lawmakers to make safety “a priority”.
A petition by the organisers sets out specific measures they say will help curb gun violence, including banning assault weapons, closing “loopholes” in background checks, and prohibiting the sale of “high powered magazines”.
We want to cover these events as they unfold on the day, and welcome students especially to participate in this coverage.
Tell us what should be in the storyTalk
This is how you can help:
- Create a photo-essay of the protests, using pictures captured by our community
- We have at least three WikiTribune contributors covering the ‘day of’ in Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C. who are looking to connect/embed/interview on the ground.
- Write rolling coverage on the day from around the world
- Interview organisers, both from Parkland and elsewhere around the world
Questions we’d like to ask:
- While the tragedy occurred in the United States, what has made this a global event? Why are people in countries without easy access to guns also protesting?
- Do people attending feel like this movement will be different? If so, why?
- What are the newest proposals around gun control, and how effective will they be?
- Florida has passed a $400 million gun control bill, and is now being sued by the NRA
- No major gun control measures have been passed at federal level
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