A worldwide demonstration will take place this weekend in the US to call for the end of gun violence
Survivors from the Parkland school shooting have appeared on the cover of TIME magazine ahead of the March For Our Lives protest.
On February 14, 2018, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in history.
Jaclyn Corin, Alex Wind, Emma González, Cameron Kasky, and David Hogg are featured on the magazine’s front cover, with the coverline: “Enough.” All were present at the school on the day of the shooting, and have since come together to organise this weekend’s worldwide demonstration calling on lawmakers to help end gun violence and mass shootings in schools.
In the piece, Kasky explained the group’s motivations behind organising the protests, of which more than 800 are planned to take place on Saturday (March 24), saying: “The world failed us and we’re here to make a new one that’s going to be easier on the next generation.”
Hogg also gave a message to politicians who support the NRA, saying: “You’re gonna be smeared in the textbooks. Your legacy is gone. If you don’t stand up with us now, you’ll be standing against us.”
Since the shooting, and due to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students’ efforts, companies such as Delta Airlines and Hertz have cut ties with the NRA, while US shops like Dick’s Sporting Goods have announced they will stop selling assault weapons.
A new bill was also passed in Florida banning bump stocks, raising the minimum age to buy a weapon, and allowing authorities to confiscate guns from people with mental health issues. Students in the US also took part in a national walkout from school on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting.
There are currently six March For Our Lives demonstrations planned in the UK and Ireland, with events set to take place in London, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, and Cork. For more information, visit the official March For Our Lives website.