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Students Demand Action — In the Media

Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a national initiative, created by and for teens and young adults, to channel the energy and passion of high school and college-aged students into the fight against gun violence. Students Demand Action volunteers work within their schools and communities to educate their peers, register voters and demand common-sense solutions to this national crisis. Together with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Students Demand Action volunteers are part of a network of nearly 5 million supporters across the nation committed to gun violence prevention.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • December 27, 2019
    “I’m a sophomore at The Ohio State University and founder and group leader of Students Demand Action on campus. Ohio is my new home, and I dedicate my free time to advocating for gun reform that makes Ohio safer for all. I am also from Florida – a state that is home to some of the deadliest and most controversial events of gun violence in the nation – and the first state to adopt a "stand your ground" law. In Florida, I live 10 miles away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I had childhood friends there, saw the uncensored videos in real-time of frightened students screaming in their classrooms as bullets ricocheted in their halls and of students escaping their classrooms, only to see and step over the dead bodies of their peers. I know firsthand how gun violence can shatter a community.”
  • December 22, 2019
    “As too many of us know, gun violence is not just contained to Jersey City. Nearly 500 people die from gun violence in an average year across the state. Shootings like the one in our community, at the Art All Night Trenton festival, or at the Newport Centre mall often make national headlines, but gun violence happening on a daily basis matters just as much. Until we are all safe from gun violence, there’s more work to do. That’s why I founded a Students Demand Action group here in Hudson County. Our group is made up of young people from a variety of different backgrounds, united by one common goal: ending gun violence. We join more than 300 other groups across the country to raise our voices and to send a clear message that we will no longer tolerate inaction. We refuse to sit by while our lawmakers in Washington D.C. play politics when they could be saving lives.”
  • December 19, 2019
    “‘Social media has revolutionized the ‘long-distance relationship,’” Ryan Pascal, 17, told Teen Vogue, explaining that she organizes with other activists via Instagram DMs and uses Snapchat for the most effective advertising. Ryan launched her school’s walkout in response to the Marjory Stone Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 by posting a graphic to Snapchat. She now serves on the Students Demand Action advisory board. Like Rayne, Ryan also faced backlash: After writing an op-ed on how arming teachers would disproportionately affect students of color, Ryan, who is black, said she was met with racial slurs. “It got so bad that I took a break from Twitter, took a few days off from school, and amped up my security on all of my social media accounts,’ she recalled.”
  • December 19, 2019
    “Juliana Carrasco, a national advisory board member for Students Demand Action, added that the social media giants "owe users more than this." “My generation doesn't just use Instagram to post selfies or share memes -- Instagram and other social media platforms have become an essential organizing tool for young activists," Carrasco said.”
  • December 14, 2019
    “Jai Patel, who leads the state chapter of Students Demand Action, said 60% of all guns recovered at New Jersey crime scenes come from states that do not require background checks.”
  • December 14, 2019
    “Ms. Zaker founded a chapter of Students Demand Action, a branch of Everytown for Gun Safety, at her school and enrolled in a mock state government program, Buckeye Girls State. She wants to run for Congress — at least until the presidency is an option — and the prospect ‘seems more tangible now,’ she said. ‘It seems like something I can actually achieve if I want to work for it.’”

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