The United States is the deadliest nation on Earth. Every day, 96 Americans are killed by gun violence. From 2009-2016 in the US, there were 156 mass shootings — incidents in which four or more people were shot and killed, not including the shooter. The ease and accessibility of guns — often with no questions asked — has resulted in the escalation of death by guns around the country, causing fear and anxiety every time we leave the house to work, attend school, watch a movie, or worship. While Congress has considered measures in the wake of several recent mass shootings, there has been no consensus on gun violence prevention legislation.
The most recent Parkland shooting has resulted in 3 national efforts, proudly supported by NCJW, to promote gun safety and end gun violence:
- March 14 School Walk Out, organized by EMPOWER, the youth branch of the Women’s March, on the one month anniversary of the Parkland shooting. This student led effort is happening at 10am across all time zones for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 students who lost their lives due to senseless gun violence. Students are encouraged to do what works for them (walk to the gym or hallway, write a letter to their principal, etc.).
- March 24 March for Our Lives in Washington, DC and other marches around the country, organized by Everytown for Gun Safety and Americans for Responsible Solutions. Fill out the form below if you are planning on marching in DC!
- April 20 School Walk Out, organized by a small group of high school students in Ridgefield, CT with the support of the Women’s March, and planned on the anniversary of Columbine.
The youth-led walk outs are meant to be adaptable so students can participate in ways that work for them. National organizations and adults are asked to support all three events in any way that you can — register to be a coach for students, wear orange (the color of the gun violence prevention movement), share/like NCJW’s Facebook posts and tweets with your networks (and use the hashtags #ENOUGH and #NationalSchoolWalkOut), raise awareness in your networks, and call your lawmakers to demand common sense gun violence legislation.