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WASHINGTON DC- FEBRUARY 19 Demonstrators lie on the ground during a Delaware coalition calls for gun legislation following Parkland
Kenny Thornton | 22 February, 2018, 12:42

Yet this week's protestors are demanding the right to live and safely attend school.

When is it time to say enough?

As much as you might sympathize with the students and families of those who were at the center of one of the worst high school shootings in Florida last week, you easily get the impression that their deaths were all for naught. Meaningful gun control is unlikely to happen because of the political power of the National Rifle Association and because the Supreme Court has upheld an individual's right to own guns. And Americans are once again angry and scared and venting their frustrations on social media, just as they did after Orlando and Las Vegas and Sandy Hook. And they don't plan on fading quietly into the background, as soon as the news cycle changes.

Digging deeper, the NBC2 Investigators uncover a frightening trend - gun injuries and deaths among children in Florida has gone up drastically between 2010 and 2016.

Their voices are louder than any grown-up's right now. Like many schools across the country, they prepared for a disaster like this with the same routineness as their fire drills.

And other students from other schools are joining the movement, too.

It's with very cautious optimism that I think (okay, hope) that this nation has turned a corner in its response to school shootings.

But, in the words of one eloquent and passionate student from that Florida high school who spoke out on the weekend: "We call B.S".

Just yesterday, a group of teens staged a lie-in in Washington D.C.

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It is time to work with them to come up with a stronger gun control method that works for everyone.

First, they inform us in tweets that they're offering thoughts and prayers for the victims' families. You guys are, like, the adults.

There's no simple fix for America's pervasive gun violence. At every level of government, local, state and federal, the legislators who do the bidding of the NRA are aiding and abetting murder, many for money. Which should I choose? Given the fact that most gun crimes (like most crimes) are committed by young men, what if we said you can buy a hunting rifle when you turn 18, a handgun when you turn 25, and a military-style rifle, if at all, only when you turn 30?

These kids are exhausted of waiting around for their nation's leaders to "act like it for once" - so they've made a decision to do something about it themselves.

Canada shares a similar history with the United States, with a frontier legacy and fairly widespread gun ownership (they even have cowboys!). And instead of waiting for more lives to be lost, they are standing up and speaking up.

Although the NRA would like you to think otherwise, this problem is solvable through gun regulation. The faster we can take down a killer, the more lives will be saved. "This isn't about the GOP". You do not need a permit to carry a concealed rifle or shotgun.

I think it's a safe bet to assume that numerous same kids who participated in yesterday's lie-in and this week's walk-outs will be marching on the 24th as well. Daily we are learning of students and parents around the country joining the effort.

These children have already witnessed a tragedy many of us can not fathom.

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