On March 14th. 2022 thousands of American high-school students walked out of school in support of gun reform. What is it that they hope to achieve?
More than 3,000 U.S. schools have experienced organized walk-outs. Across the county seventeen minutes of silence, one full minute of respect was given to each of the students and teachers who were killed on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The wonder of these demonstrations is that these students are collectively employing their communication skills to alert the press as to their plans and concerns.
Many of the schools are using the occasion as an experience lesson and allowing their students to demonstrate. The students participating in unauthorized protests state that they accept the fact that they may be disciplined with detention and getting notes on their official records. The issue of gun control is important to them. They know that unless the laws regarding the purchase and use of fire arms are changed, a growing number of them will never make it to college or the work place. The increasing rate of school shooting is alarming and must be taken taken seriously. So far there have been 18 U.S. school shootings this year. That’s about one super-violent incident a week. This violence should not be happening in our schools or anywhere for that matter.
Not all areas of the country responded exactly in the same manner. The students of West Liberty-Salem High School in Salem Township, Ohio were not permitted to express themselves outside of the school, but they were given an indoor space to gather. Perhaps the effects of their own school shooting in 2017 are making them extra careful. In contrast the student protest of Columbine High School, in Littleton Colorado memorialized the deaths of their 12 students and a teacher in their own 1999 school shooting. Other organized demonstrations took place in school yards, on city streets, in municipal parks, and outside city halls. The strongest and most vocal protests were heard in front of the White House and on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
The Parkland Five
It’s been five years now since the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida. Immediately after the attack five particular students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rose to the occasion: Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and Alex Wind. With many others they have built a national movement, March For Our Lives which is pushing to ban assault weapons. Since 2018, they mobilized millions of young people to demand what is rightfully theirs: A future free of gun violence. And they helped to win over 250 lifesaving laws in our nation.
“Yes. It is incredibly inspiring that we stood up,” said Hogg. “But young people having to stand up to not die in their classrooms is not a good sign. It’s as good of a sign as a canary passing out in the coal mine is for our democracy.” “We need to put our politics aside, and get something done,” he said, “because ultimately, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, we all have people that we care about, and none of us want gun violence to continue.”
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Looking at the Dayology signatures of the Parkland Five we see that each of these young activists were born on a different day of the week, giving them five different Day Rays. This indicates that each has an individual motivation to help as many people as they can. But as to their Sun Signs, it’s another story. Three of these individuals, Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin and Emma Gonzalez are Scorpios, who naturally are good at spotting problems and finding ways to solve them. David Hogg, an Aries, has proven that he is definitely a pioneer and instigator. And Alex Wind, an Aquarian, sees the new possibilities ahead. They all have Mars as one of their ruling planets. Mars influences Tuesday, Aries and Scorpio. These individuals are natural leaders like so many other young demonstrators who are currently discovering their own political power.