On Wednesday, March 14th, National School Walkout Day, kids and adults are encouraged to rally together at state capitols, city halls or local government buildings in their community to demand policy makers take action NOW to keep kids safe at school.
Why are we rallying? We demand action from our elected representatives. We want Congress to pass common-sense legislation that will:
- Reinstate and strengthen the Federal Ban on Assault Weapons
- Ban high capacity magazines and bump stocks
- Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21
- Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms
- Require universal background checks for all gun sales that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law
- Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks
- Pass federal gun violence restraining order law
- Fund and publish government research on gun violence
- Promote safe and secure storage
- Require licensing and insurance for all gun owners
When will rallies happen? Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 12 p.m. (noon) local time.
Who should participate? Everyone who wants kids and teachers to be safe at school should participate in a rally.
What is the plan? Kids, their parents, teachers, friends and neighbors will gather together at or near government buildings to demand that leaders do more to stop school shootings NOW. Rallies may include a march, displays of signs demanding action, speeches from kids or adults who want to make schools safe from gun violence, voter registration, or an activity to honor and remember those who have died in school shootings. We want to show our leaders that a majority of Americans are in favor of common-sense gun law reform, so take and post photos, videos and messages about your reasons for attending a rally and use #NationalStopSchoolShootingsNOW, #ENOUGH, #MarchforourLives or a hashtag with your school, community, city or state. Our plan is to be seen as well as heard!
Where will this happen? Rallies are being planned at city, county, state or federal government building from coast to coast. Each rally is being planned locally. Click here to find a rally planned in your area or add your event to the map so that others can find you.
Why rallies, why now? Kids and teachers aren’t safe in school. Mass murder weapons are too easy for disturbed people to get and use. Too many school shootings have happened without any meaningful change to laws that would help prevent them. The murder of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th was yet another unbearable loss. It was a call to action. Our kids are taking the lead to demand action and to honor those who have been victims of gun violence. Their energy and determination are inspiring! We are already seeing kids across the United States organizing walkouts, marches and rallies, school by school, town by town. Their numbers and their voices are finally getting the attention of the decision-makers and causing changes on a scale and at a speed that special interests assured us all were impossible. This nationally-organized day of walkouts and rallies will amplify our children’s voices and show them that we have their backs.