One Year Anniversary of Parkland Shooting: What Did We Learn?


Mahle Gangi, Staff Writer

On February 14, 2018, students at Stoneman Douglas High School In Parkland, Florida, endured a torturous 6 minutes as Nikolas Cruz stalked through the halls and opened fire on the petrified student body. 17 were killed, compiled of both staff and students, and the community was changed forever. Friends and family mourned their losses and officials condemned Cruz’s actions. Almost immediately, the community rose from the ashes with a demand for reform on gun laws.

After witnessing the havoc wreaked on their own community because of standard gun laws, Parkland citizens knew they wanted to play a role in preventing this from happening to anyone else ever again. The call for reform moved to the streets of Washington, D.C., in what was dubbed the March For Our Lives. Powerful speeches, performances, and a war cry of “Never Again” gave way to the enactment of 67 new gun laws. The laws generally shared similar themes: thoroughly background check buyers, keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, and ban the sale of large magazines.

The most important thing to take away from this tragedy is that Americans have a voice in government and when they feel a change needs to be made, they can advocate for it. Common sense gun laws are being more widely supported, especially among the younger generations, and many agree that there are constitutional ways that we can restrict guns and reduce the number of lives lost a year to gun violence. In 2017, nearly 40,000 people were killed by gun violence in the U.S. In 2018, 58 lives were lost in ONE massacre alone in Las Vegas. In modern times, the call for a safer future is louder than ever as the death rate by guns rises. There is no better time than now to consider what we want our future to look like and make a call to action.