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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  • January 14, 2019
    Jai Patel says he was just feet away from the bullets that flew in the food court at the mall Friday night. The Rutgers student from Jersey City is also an anti-gun violence activist. He founded the Hudson County branch of Students Demand Action after the Parkland school shootings in Florida.

    Patel says that this rally was in response to the mall shooting and other incidents of gun violence.

    "I really never envisioned myself being somewhere where a gun was going to be used, like the Newport mall,” Patel said. "There are people who deal with this every single day in our city. They just don't happen to be at the Newport mall at the time. They happen to be at their homes."
  • January 14, 2019
    Since the new year, gun violence has stalked Jersey City, causing lockdowns at schools and panic at the mall. In response, Students Demand Action Hudson County organized a protest and rally outside City Hall in Jersey City Monday afternoon. The protest follows the Newport Mall shooting that injured two men on Friday. Correspondent Briana Vannozzi reports.
  • January 8, 2019
    "We experience shooter drills, we walk down the streets, we have friends, and we're just people like everyone else,” Maya Sprenger-Otto, with Students Demand Action, said. “This is a cause that affects everyone."
  • January 8, 2019
    "I firmly believe teachers should teach, not do double duty as armed guards," said Anna Logan, a Leon High School student and Students Demand Action member. "Arming teachers should not be a part of the conversation. It should be rejected outright."
  • January 2, 2019
    Juliana Simone Carrasco, a high school student and volunteer with the campaign group Students Demand Action, said in response to the recommendation: “As a student attending school in Florida, I am appalled that the commission that was established to make schools in our state safer is recommending teachers carry guns.”

    Carrasco added in a statement released by the Everytown for Gun Safety advocacy group: “I don’t want my teachers to be armed, I want my elected leaders to pass policies to keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous intentions to begin with.”
  • December 21, 2018
    “I’ve grown up in the midst of our nation’s gun violence crisis. My generation is frequently called the ‘mass shooting generation.’ We’ve grown up with lockdown drills, fearing that our school might be next. I grew up and still live in Miami — not too far from Parkland, and at my school (and probably around the country), there was an overwhelming feeling that it could have just as easily been us.”
    —Juliana Simone Carrasco, volunteer leader with the Miami Chapter of Students Demand Action