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."