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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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  • September 4, 2019
    'First things first: Stop sending thoughts and prayers, said Justin Smith, senior at Wenonah High School in Birmingham and chapter leader for Students Demand Action. Smith believes that common-sense gun laws, ammunition quantity restriction and a renewed dedication to mental health resources in schools will create change. Gun violence won’t end, he said. But the actions or lack thereof aren’t deterring people from acquiring a gun and taking lives, Smith said. “You can fight, you can protest, you can lobby, but the shootings keep happening,' he said."
  • August 31, 2019
    “In a joint statement on Saturday, activist groups Alabama Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action and Everytown For Gun Safety called for legislation to prevent gun violence. “It’s heartbreaking to learn that, what should have been a fun night out with friends, was marred once again by gun violence,” said Justin Smith, a volunteer with Students Demand Action from Birmingham, in the statement. “We should be able to watch a high school football game without fearing for our lives, the same as we shouldn’t fear going to school, shopping for school supplies or attending a place of worship. Gun violence in America can be prevented by common-sense gun laws, and it’s far past time that our leaders took action to protect us.”
  • August 30, 2019
    “So when the Central Bucks West student got the chance to join a group of his peers to talk about gun safety with a U.S. senator and the state’s top law enforcement official, he jumped at it. This time, he said, he felt his voice was heard. Price and fellow students from Central Bucks, Bensalem and Philadelphia — representing gun safety advocacy groups Bucks Students Demand Action and March For Our Lives — shared their concerns and frustrations with Sen. Bob Casey and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro during a round-table discussion hosted by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Doylestown Township.”
  • August 26, 2019
    “Following the mass shooting at at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, 2018 — which killed 17 people and injured 17 others — students across the country have taken on increasingly larger roles in the national fight against gun violence. Parkland students organized the March For Our Lives, held in Washington D.C. shortly after the shooting, and young people across the country have been joining organizations like the Gun Violence Prevention Club at West Seattle High School or their local chapters of Students Demand Action, a national advocacy organization.
  • August 13, 2019
    “‘(Students Demand Action) is a nonpartisan group of young people who are fed up with the gun violence that happens every day in our communities," said Central Magnet School senior Isabella Reish. "They are both grass roots organizations under everytown.org, the overarching organization for gun sense." The teenager recently joined her mother, Abby Reish, and other members of Moms Demand Action in Rutherford County for Gun Sense University, a workshop in Washington, D.C.”
  • August 13, 2019
    “My heart is broken after hearing about another shooting, this time in El Paso, Texas. I am 16 years old, and the leader of Spokane’s chapter of Students Demand Action. I had the honor of attending Gun Sense University in Washington, D.C. It was truly inspiring to see over 2,000 members of Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, and survivors from all around the country. Here in Washington, we are fortunate to have representatives in office who support background-check legislation.”