Students March in Downtown Fargo
Parkland School Shooting Initiates Protests
BY ROBYN ROHDE AND MARIJO VIK
Students of all ages gathered at the Sanctuary Events Center located at 670 4th Ave N in downtown Fargo to hear the words of the survivors from the recent Parkland, Florida, high school shooting. Local students read the survivor’s description of what they had witnessed first-hand that day.
At the Fargo gathering, teachers and parents added their voices about what needs to be done to reduce gun violence in the United States. One statistic given was that every day in America, 19 children are killed or injured by themselves or other people wielding guns. That’s 19 per day. So you see, it’s a matter of life and death.
The message is: “Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of an assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. And it’s not just school. It’s churches, night clubs, concerts, movie theaters, airports and more.”
Homes should be added to that list because children might have access to their parents’ guns. And many states are also recognizing that more must be done to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
It took only 38 days for the surviving students of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, to ignite a nationwide movement toward gun reform. Those survivors have been the catalyst for others around the world. On March 24, 2018, sister marches took place not only across America, but around the world—adding up to 846 events globally, with one even held in Antarctica.
U.S. midterm elections will take place on November 6, 2018. Those elections are seen as a chance to bring in more members of Congress as well as state and local officials who support gun-control measures. Karen Hanson, a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives gave advice on how to make things happen on the state level.
National Public Radio (NPR) has a chart showing how your legislators in Washington have voted on gun control issues. The site gives a brief explanation of each law that came to a vote and how each of them actually voted.
Do you want to be involved? The downtown Fargo event was coordinated by Moms Demand Action and they list five ways to change the discussion locally, at the state level, and at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
(Robyn Rohde is a senior writer who pushes the boundaries but never truly crosses the line. A persistent pursuit of knowledge drives her daily reading. Binge watching Netflix keeps her sane. Contact her at email@example.com.)
(Marijo Vik is a 72-year-old senior at MSUM who hopes to graduate in May with a multimedia journalism major. MSUM will award a degree posthumously if she ends up in the ground before a gown. She has been a reporter for the Twin Valley Times, Twin Valley, Minnesota, since 2009 and will use her education to be a better reporter and editor. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.)