A nationwide protest against gun violence in Washington D.C. last month has stirred up opposing opinions from Arkansas Tech students.
March for Our Lives was a student-led protest demonstration on March 24 that aimed to bring about change in current gun legislation following the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“I really hope that this starts something,” said Reigny Jeffery, sophomore economics and finance major from Anna, Texas. “I’m not 100 percent anti-gun, but this country can’t keep going like it has been.”
While coverage of these events remains relevant in the news, some students aren’t as optimistic about change as a result of the March for Our Lives efforts.
“Something may happen, something might not,” said Carter Cullen, sophomore business management and marketing major from Russellville. “No law will ever repair the damages caused by the glorification of violence and immorality by our culture. The root cause isn’t a law or a lack of laws, it gets down to society.”
Cullen said, he believes that due to the short attention span of the news outlets in this country the issue will simply cycle out in after a few weeks until another tragedy occurs and shifts the nations focus to the next big thing.
Cullen said the spike in gun violence over the last few years has nothing to do with our country’s lack of gun laws, but is a much larger issue that spans beyond our justice system.
According to CNN, the March for Our lives event in Washington D.C. was initially planned by #NeverAgain, a group of survivors from the Feb. 14 shooting in Florida in coordination with Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group. At an estimated 800,000 protesters, March for Our Lives was one of the biggest single-day protests in the Capitol’s history.
In addition to the central event in D.C., over 800 sibling events occurred in other cities across the U.S.