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IN MARCH WE MARCH

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AFTER PARKLAND, LOCAL STUDEN BY AMRUTA BARADWAJ & MIGUEL DICKENSON

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Across the nation, students are fighting for common sense gun control as thousands poured out of their classrooms and onto the streets. In the hours following the shooting in Florida that killed three staff members and 14 students, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School seniors Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky and David Hogg sparked a revolution that started with one tweet and one TV interview, and has now incited millions to take action. Specifically, these leaders planned a national school walkout on March 14, sponsored by the Women’s Youth Empower movement, a march on Washington on March 24 and another national school walkout on April 20 (the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine school shooting). This activist spirit has spread to San Ramon, where a march was held at City Hall on March 9, and students participated in the March 14 walkout within the SRVUSD. Despite the general call to action, protesters aren’t completely united in their thoughts. “There’s different opinions on how to approach [gun control policy],” said sophomore Rabail Abbas, who helped organize the March 9 march around San Ramon’s City Hall. I l lu st rat i ng her point,

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certain protesters demanded a repeal of the Second Amendment, whereas others are less strict with their proposed regulation. It is safe to say, though, that most people who participated in the demonstrations fall under the same umbrella of “common sense gun control” — universal background checks, closing the gun-show loophole, banning automatic and semi-automatic rifles and preventing the mentally ill from getting access to guns. Regardless of where exactly protesting students fell on this confined gun policy spectrum, all left their classrooms and marched onto campuses, streets and city halls on March 14 to call for change. Approximately 2,800 schools participated in the march, according to USA Today. In Parkland, students walked with a nearby middle school to the memorial containing the 17 killed, ignoring directions from administrators to return to class as more than 17 minutes elapsed. On the scene, an impassioned Kasky told reporters, “We’re not going to let the 17 bullets take us down. We’re going to keep running and keep the rest of the nation behind us.” And the rest of the nation followed. In San Ramon, suburban teens marched passionately across San Ramon Valley High School, California High School, Gale Ranch Middle School and Dougherty Valley High School. Dougherty’s FemEquality, Black Student Union and GSA clubs, along with individual students, worked collaboratively to organize an event that included students walking out to the quad to hear speeches urging students to pre-register to vote, sign a letter urging local politicians to propose gun reform and partake in a moment of silence for the 17 lives lost. Anticipating the walkout, sophomore Rameen Khan shared that, “I think in the end, even just having one person show up, it is still effective, because people have the voice to share.” A few more than one person showed up though, as around

1,500 students (according to GSA p Riya Gupta) walked out of class at 10 join the efforts of demonstrators ac country. Organizers of this event alli the administration of Dougherty to e safe demonstration: students were to campus, but were free to participat out receiving a “cut.” Thus, students w alone when they stepped onto the qu day, encircled by many Dougherty sta speeches and then a moment of silen dents peacefully filed back into class. “It went really well. We got a great and people seemed to really be into president, Colin Fisher, reflected. The week before, on March 9, Doughe dents also executed a demonstration of the San Ramon City Hall. Sophom Lee, Lauren Ottley, Isabella Chaves, Nguyen, Rameen Khan and Rane Amara used their leadership skills to o the event. At first the mood was tenta reserved. Within a few minutes, howe chants and calls to action gained tract soon enough a group of confident and teens seen marching down Bollinger, chants and proudly displaying posters iterated their call to action. Once back in front of the City Hall, es commenced. Various topics were c among them Chaves’s personal conne one of the victims of the shooting. Chaves, who used to live in Broward Fla., which contains the city of Parkl counted her life there and how the sho Parkland affected her on a more funda level. In addition, all of the speakers th up on the podium, voiced the need for and action. Although March 14 resonated across the movement was not met without s position. At Vero Beach High School 100 miles away from Parkland — calls reform were met with opposition chan as “Trump!” and “We want guns!” C walkout not only drew those advoca gun control measures, but also a g counter protesters from the Cal Poly Republicans trumpetting gun holst MAGA hats. And, although local demonstratio curred without much pushback, there position at times. Most notably, at the

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A CALL TO ACTION

BY OCE BOHRA, SHEYDA LADJEVARDI & CAROLINE LOBEL After each mass shooting, “thoughts and prayers” are sent out. Any talk about stricter gun laws is shut down before people can hear about it because it’s not respectful to politicize the deaths of others. And while the murder of innocent people should never be politicized, it still is. The topic of gun violence has become a war between Democrats and Republi-

cans when it should just be a human rights issue. By using it as a blanket statement, politicians attempt to erase the distinction between issues in their hands, like gun violence, and those that aren’t, like natural disasters. A quick browse through the internet shows the phrase comes up on most lists detailing condolence statements for inevitable tragedies like sickness, a death of a loved one, etc. Using it when discussing mass shootings or murder indicates the end of a conversation, rather than a beginning and poses the trag-

edy as an inevitability. Although people do need time then the situation will have faded Everything goes back to the way shooting to emerge. There are live voke change, we need to consist gun laws. Mass shootings have occurred w States and it’s time the people do s

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