By Dylan McCuskey, Features Editor
Over the past few months, more and more students have been taking action to support gun control. Spurred by the events in Parkland, Florida, many students have walked out of school in order to promote anti-gun legislation. The goal of these walkouts is to persuade the United States Legislature to change the laws concerning who can own a gun. Protestors are convinced that by regulating the sale of guns, we can prevent further school shootings. Logan High has participated in these protests along with many other schools nationwide.
The first walk out at Logan High took place on March 17th. Many LHS students gathered in front of the school at ten in the morning for seventeen minutes to remember the seventeen lives lost in Parkland. Some students, including Amelia Strange, a junior, gave speeches about the events. Strange talked about her first experiences with hearing about school shootings. She also emphasized the fact that it kept happening and will keep happening unless students unite to make a change. “I got involved with the movement because I started to see people our age who were just as outraged as I was about gun violence,” Strange said when asked about her dedication to the cause. “Their leadership and courage is what inspired me to help organize the walk outs.” It wasn’t long before LHS students organized another protest.
On April 20th, students across the country walked out again to protest for gun restrictions. LHS students left school at ten to march to the Logan courthouse. They stood outside the building for two hours, holding up signs that protested current arms laws. Strange believes the importance of the protests lies with the students. “I think the fact that young people are taking control of the issues that affect us is particularly important. We are taking a stand for what we believe is right.” Students are hoping that their voices will be heard and will influence the country to make a change.
There are many ways for students to get involved with the movement. You can email your representatives and tell them about what you believe in. Donations are also accepted by organizations that work for gun laws, such as Every Town for Gun Safety. Also, you can learn about upcoming marches and protests by looking for announcements made by the Parkland survivors, who have a major role in leading the movement. If you are passionate about these issues, be sure to get involved, as your voice could make the difference.
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