18.03.26 March for Life Reflection

March 26, 2018


The March for Our Lives

WhileA hundreds of thousands of young peopleA gathered nationwide Saturday advocating for school safety & stricter gun control laws,A a new poll shows less than half of high schoolers believe more gun laws will lead to less shootings.

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Survey of 13-24 year olds

  • All surveyed say they worry about shootings (more than terrorism & $$ for college); fear higher for 13-17 year-olds.
  • 1 out of 5 say they don’t feel safe at school.
  • 70% say they want an armed officer at their school; 47% did NOT want to arm teachers.

Something To Consider:

When asked, high school students thought differently than their elders.

“Those 18 and older said by 54%-33% that tightening gun laws and background checks would prevent more mass shootings in the United States. Those under 18 were less confident about that; they said by 47%-37% that taking those steps would work.”

ICYMI: Friday
DOJ Moves On Gun Law

  • DOJ proposed banning ‘bump stocks’
  • Bump Stock: Accessory that attaches to a rifle enabling rapid fire.
  • New regulation would put ‘bump stocks’ in same category as a machine guns – making them illegal.
  • Public has 90 days to comment.

“After the senseless attack in Las Vegas, this proposed rule is a critical step in our effort to reduce the threat of gun violence that is in keeping with the Constitution and the laws passed by Congress.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Press Release, March 24, 2018

Click: Quick Review on Bump Stocks

ICYMI: Friday

$pending Bill = $$ For Firearm Research

  • $1.3T bill includes $$ specifically for research on shootings.
  • According to law, CDC barred from collecting data to “advocate” for gun control.
  • Now: Line item empowers CDC to “conduct research on the causes of gun violence.”

How Much Money?
TBD: “The Hill” Reports:

  • No specific $$ amount for firearm research.
  • Bill authorizes $649M of your tax money for CDC to look into “Injury Prevention and Control activities.”
  • Some say without specific research purpose, approved by Congress, no $$ will *actually* be devoted to gun-related research despite clarification.

Have a strong opinion on gun control laws and school safety? Here are 2 interesting reads. 1 says new laws wont make us safer. The other says the power is in the vote.

Two Interesting Editorials: Opposite Perspectives:

1. 6 Reasons Gun Control Will Not Solve Mass Killings

Many gun control measures are not likely to be helpful.A Over 90 percent of public mass shootingsA take place in gun-free zones where civilians are not permitted to carry firearms


2. After the March, Follow This Gun Reform Battle Plan

My advice to the students? When you finish marching on the mall, march into the specific congressional districts where you can actually make a difference.


by Jenna Lee,