CITY COUNCIL STANDS BY STUDENTS TO END GUN VIOLENCE
According to the New York Times and the Gun Violence archive, at least 239 school shootings have taken place since the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, CT, claiming the lives of at least 138 individuals. Just recently, gun violence took the lives of 17 students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month.
The Council adopted a Resolution to Support the March for Our Lives and Comprehensive Action to Halt the Epidemic of Gun Violence. “The March for Our Lives movement is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the USA who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that have become all too familiar.”
The failure to regulate the use and ownership of lethal weapons presents an ongoing public health crisis across the United States. Councilor Edwards stated that the fear of gun violence is “not only growing but impacting the way people go to school and also how they teach.” She added that, “There are children leading the way in this conversation and we should be proud that they are stepping up.”
According to Boston.com, “the Boston march will begin at noon on March 24 and run until 5 p.m.Organizers say the official route is expected to be published early next month, but that the march will coalesce on the Common for performances and speakers.”