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Gun Reform Activists Are Organizing A Nationwide Teacher Walkout To Demand Action

By Dana Levinson

The U.S. tends to go through the same pattern after every mass shooting: Democrats express outrage and say we need common sense gun reform. Republicans say "let's not exploit a tragedy for politics." Liberals point out how much money the NRA donates to Republican campaigns, and conservatives express some version of "guns don't kill people, people kill people." Evidence proves that common sense gun restrictions reduce gun deaths. Still, legislators have failed to pass a bill to replace the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, despite efforts over the years from congressional Democrats.

On Wednesday, February 14, a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This came about four months after the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed fifty-eight people. Since congress refuses to act, people have begun to talk of a nationwide student and teacher walkout.

First, the Women's March group called for a 17-minute walkout on March 14: