I am a high school student and a volunteer for Students Demand Action in Loudoun County. On Aug. 3, I was in Washington D.C. meeting with 2,000 of my fellow Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Students Demand Action volunteer leaders to learn more about how to prevent gun violence in our communities.

While meeting, there was yet another horrific shooting, this time in El Paso, Texas. Another community was devastated by gun violence. We have no choice but to act, or a mall in Loudoun County, just like the mall in El Paso, could be next.

Less than 24 hours after El Paso, there was another mass killing in Dayton, Ohio.

The laws need to be changed so that my friends and I are safe when we take a trip to the mall. We need legislation like mandatory background checks to do this. Change will not happen without a gun sense majority in our state legislature. The death toll will only stop when we change the people in power. I am not old enough to vote yet, so I need you to be my voice. Please vote for Moms Demand Action candidates of distinction in the elections this November.

Xandra McCoy

Students Demand Action, Loudoun

(31) comments

romano

the cold hard reality is that gun violence, as a percentage of the population, is lower today than it was in the 70s. The number of deaths in "mass shootings" and from "assault rifles" is statistically insignificant. Don't take my word for it. Look it up folks. So many of you are intellectually lazy, and won't look that up because you don't want that information, it doesn't feed the liberal narrative. But for those of you with genuine curiosity, the facts are seconds away if you have an internet connection.


amerigirl

Very sad that you think that deaths in "mass shootings" and from "assault rifles" is statistically insignificant. Imagine how low it could be if the passed gun reform and it could stop people from using assault rifles in mass shootings.Since 1968, more Americans have been killed by guns than have been killed in all wars in U.S. history. The sad thing is that nearly 40,000 died from guns last year, the highest in 50 years. So if you think that we shouldn't worry about gun violence just because at some time it was more prevalent, wrong, and It appears to be on the rise again, and has been on the rise since 2014.


romano

Drop the tiresome liberal talking points checklist for one second and do your homework amerigirl. Most of those gun deaths are suicides. Take time to understand facts. Facts dont care about your feelings. The media love a good mass shooting, it supports their narrative. But overall, the numbers are miniscule. If you want to do some good, spend your time trying to understand why young people are killing themselves in record numbers. What is making them decide to take their own life? Got any answers?


amerigirl

Roundhill , “eight kids and teens die every day from gun violence in America. Moms have had enough—", and you think that’s a bad thing? Since it seems you know nothing about the organization don’t you think you should inform yourself before making comments? The are not running around in a panic. They are organized. When they stage rallies at lawmakers’ offices, they voice exactly the points they want to make. Somebody needs to hold the lawmakers responsible. They are trying to protect children, haven’t enough died already?


romano

Parents share more of this blame than any one particular group. They are raising a bunch of whiny, malcontents who are offended by everything and burying themselves in their basements playing their stupid video games and getting isolated and more angry by the moment. Step up parents!


amerigirl

Since they say revenge is the #1 cause of school shooting how is that blamed on the parents. It's more like teens make bad choices because they are not as mature as adults and even though that is true they can still buy weapons.There are alot more weapons and they are easily available. I haven't seen any teen that has done as much whining as you have in these posts, and if you think that's what kids rally do you are so very wrong. Kids are proactive, like the writer of this op ed. You are just trying to deflect from the real problem.


romano

wait....I thought guns were the #1 cause??


amerigirl

Romano, around forever? Not the types of really destructive guns like there are today, back when the 2nd amendment was written do you think the forefathers who were using powder load muskets ever dreamed there would be assault style rifles that you could get a 600-round clip for? If this is all because of white male millennials why only the select few of them turn out to be mass killers? The median age for a school shooter is 21, too young to be a millennial and for other shooters it’s 35, the far upper end of the millennial span. The guy in the Va Beach shooting was 40, the Gazette in MD was 38, warehouse in Colorado was 45, Tree of Life synagogue was 45, Walmart Denver was 47, Nursing home Ohio was 43, Fresno was 39, truck stop shooting CA, was 54. Las Vegas Strip was 69. It’s not a culture of age it’s the gun culture


LetsBreal

Have you ever heard of the Puckle Gun (circa 1720)? Do you think the forefathers envisioned free speech via an electronic press, airwaves or social media? No, what they had then were pamphleteers to spread the news. Just a reminder: there are more guns in this country than there are people.


romano

Do your homework amerigirl. It is not the scope of the shootings, it is the fact that so many are so quick to pick up the guns. What has changed? Culture and weak parenting. Those are your villains.


amerigirl

Because they are so available to anyone


ace10

A 600 round clip(sic)? Please, just stop it already.


amerigirl

I had a retraction but it never got posted, try again. Sorry the Newsweek article was wrong, there is no 600 round the highest is 200.


ace10

Good grief, so now you think that there are 200 round magazines? You have zero knowledge on this subject. The vast majority of detachable magazines for semi auto rifles are 10, 20 and 30 round capacity. Which are then typically loaded to one or two rounds less than capacity. There are mass produced 100 round magazines, which are (a) costly, (b) far less reliable than lower capacity magazines and (c) heavy when loaded. #KnifeControlNow




ace10

Cherry pick a data set much? Texas church shooter, born in 1991 (stopped by brave armed private citizen). S Carolina church shooting, born in 1994 (low capacity handgun). Sandy Hook shooter, born in 1992. Oregon CC shooter, born in 1989. Rio de Janeiro massacre in 2011? Yup, millennial born in 1987. German school massacre in 2009? Yup, another millennial born in 1992. Numerous massacres in Russia and China since 2000? Many attributed to millennials. Stabbing rampage in California two weeks ago? Yup, born in 1986. Calgary knife massacre in 2012? Another millennial born in 1992. What about the 2016 knife massacre in Japan where 19 people were killed and 26 injured? Millennial attacker born circa 1990. VA Tech shooter, born in 1984. No matter the weapon or country, there is a lot of death attributed to that generation.


amerigirl

Speaking of cherry picking. Of course, there is a lot of death attributed to that generation, that is the generation that is of age. You aren’t going to see children and seniors doing that type of thing, just as you won’t be seeing people in this same age range doing the shooting as they get older. Maybe some of these racist like Dylann Roof, or mentally ill like Adam Lanza and Seung-Hui Cho, or white nationalist like Patrick Crusius, those who are sick or carry around hate constantly. Being that age isn’t the reason for the shootings, it is not the cause.


RoundHillGuy

Hey students demand action, why don't you ask white male millenials, aka Your classmates, why they feel the need to shoot up public places. Lets start there. This is a millennial issue, not a gun issue. Does your generation need more hugs? Maybe you guys need to put down the video games and get out of your parents basements more often.


amerigirl

That is one of the biggest stretches I'v ever seen. It might be a mental health issue but trying to pin this on an entire generation is ridiculousness. Maybe if teens with mental or bullying issues didn't have access to assault rifles they wouldn't be these problem. Typical republican line, video games, all countries have the same video games but they aren't committing mass murders.Got any more excuses?


RoundHillGuy

Nope this issue lies squarely on millenials. spin all you like. the generations before them had access to the same weapons.


romano

RoundHillGuy nailed this one spot on. Guns have always been around, always been available. So what has changed? The culture. The culture has changed to one that somehow produces kids who more frequently consider mass shootings as a viable solution for their real or imagined problems. What is consistent about these shootings? The shooters are generally very young. This is a generational issue generated by a culture that increasingly devalues life and shoves anger and violence down the throats of perpetually offended and hypersensitive millenials thru entertainment media. The culture - thru media and our school systems - is teaching kids to be victims. Never before has a generation been less capable of dealing with everyday struggles pretty much everyone before them has faced. This is why you have mass shootings. The guns have been around forever.


amerigirl

Workhard, generations before them did not have access to assault style weapons and 600 round clips. Gun ownership was not as prevalent, people had guns for protection, sport or hunting, they weren't stock piling mssive amounts of guns and ammo.


Chris McHale

I wanted to make a joke about the fact that there is never more than 5 people at Dulles Mall at one time but thought perhaps I should address your comment directly. What action is your group proposing? Saying that we have to do somethimg without a specific suggestion is like me saying I'm hungry but without saying what I want to eat.


DavisB

and your response is exactly how the NRA keeps the conversation from ever going anywhere and we continue with how things have been. Instead of trying to make a joke, how about start with a confession that you don't what any change at all. Honesty is a great place to start.


Chris McHale

Davis- your comment assumes facts that are incorrect. I do want changes and I've expressed them in other posts. But rather than ask me what I want, as I did the original writer, you would prefer to TELL me what I want.


DavisB

no chris, you continue to do nothing except complain about anyone looking for solutions, here and all over this site


amerigirl

Be fair, he just mentioned something that popped into his head.


amerigirl

Maybe if you go to the site she is talking about, Moms Demand Action, you would find the answer to what they are proposing.


Chris McHale

Davis - WOW_Just_WOW. . The fact that I appreciate the Constitution and the Bill of Rights seems to offend you. Again I'm in favor of certain measures to restrict guns. I'm in favor of citizens being able to arm themselves for protection (the police are only minutes a was y when seconds matter). I'm in favor of free speech, whether I agree with what is said or not. I'm a dual citizen and support anyone who pursues immigration legally. I believe in same sex marriage since marriage. I support a woman's the right to choose,. I believe every person that is alive has the right to vote in each election once. I agree that illegal immigrant should be given emergency medical care but not welfare. Those are essentially my view. Whether that makes me a right wing in your eyes or a left wing in someone's eyes is of no impact to me. Can you say the same.


Chris McHale

I need to start dieting my fat fingers.


tolerantleft

I did. None of their proposals would have stopped these tragic events. Dems will stop at nothing short of total gun confiscation and elimination of the 2nd Amendment. One just has to look at government tyranny to understand the brilliance of our Founding Fathers. Take a look the threats to the Supreme Court from senior Senate Dems. Take a look at Hong Kong... World has always been governed by a brutal use of force. I want to keep my right to defend my family and friends.


RoundHillGuy

Moms demand action react the same way sheep do when coyotes are around, they bleet loudly, panic and stampede without any real thought to how to deal with the coyote the next time it comes around except to say I wish coyotes would disappear.


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