LEFT: A woman mourns a victim of the Parkland shooting (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) RIGHT: National Rifle Association CEO Wayne Lapierre addresses an audience (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

On February 14, 2018, a gunman using an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle opened fire on students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people ranging from 14 to 49 years old were killed and another 17 were injured. It remains the deadliest high school shooting in American history.

On the one year anniversary of the massacre, in February 2019, the National Rifle Association, an organization that uses its massive capital to influence politicians and policies for greater relaxation of gun laws, tweeted against House Resolution 8, a bipartisan bill that would require a federal background check on all gun sales, including private transactions.

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21: Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in her office on Capitol Hill on August 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The confirmation hearing for Judge Kavanaugh is set to begin September 4. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Voters in Maine are raising money for a potential challenger to Senator Susan Collins (R) in 2020 if she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

The "Be A Hero" effort, which is operating through CrowdPAC, has raked in more than half a million provisional dollars since its launch last month.

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David Hogg and Laura Ingraham (Photos by @davidhogg111/Twitter and Win McNamee/Getty Images)

David Hogg, the Parkland, Florida student who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and became one of the nation's leading gun reform activists practically overnight, has renewed his call for an advertiser boycott of Fox News personality Laura Ingraham's show, The Ingraham Angle, after she described the child detention centers housing immigrant children as “essentially summer camps.”

"As more illegal immigrants are rushing the border, more kids are being separated from their parents,” Ingraham said during her show last night. “And temporarily housed at what are, essentially, summer camps.”

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Parkland shooting survivors Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and Cameron Kaskey hold a press conference for the March for Our Lives movement on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Pines Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. They announced a 20-state tour dubbed "The March For Our Lives: Road to Change," where they plan to meet with young voters and campaign to end gun violence. (Ellis Rua/Miami Herald/TNS/Getty Images)

As reported Tuesday, all 8th grade students at St. Cornelius School in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, received bulletproof inserts for their backpacks as a graduation gift. The gifts came from the inventor of the product.

While it might be said that the gift is simply a reflection of the times we live in, should it be? Is this our new normal?

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: On the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, thousands of New York teenagers walk out of school to attend a gun control rally and call for sweeping reforms in national gun laws, on April 20, 2018 in Washington Square Park in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

Update: Numerous cities and towns have jumped into the gun control game. Many towns, cities and municipalities have enacted gun control bans, even though widespread gun regulation has not been enacted on a state level. 42 states currently have preemptive, restrictive laws that place restrictions on a locality’s ability to enact their own gun control laws. Still, some cities and towns are fighting back.

In the wake of the school shootings in Parkland, Florida, many statistics began to circulate online. Some sources have cited more than 20 shootings since the beginning of 2018, while other sources cite as few as 9. Using a strict set of parameters, CNN identified 23 school shootings that have occurred in 2018. Despite the disagreements between the precise number of school shootings, one thing is painfully clear: any school shooting is one too many.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg speaks onstage at March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)

Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg used his Twitter account to slam politicians for their inaction on mass shootings in the wake of yet another school shooting. At least ten people were killed after 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis stormed Santa Fe High School, 35 miles from Houston, Texas, with assault weapons.

“Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms,” Hogg, who has become an outspoken advocate for gun control since surviving the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, wrote on Twitter.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg addresses the crowd during the March For Our Lives rally against gun violence in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018. Galvanized by a massacre at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to take to the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday in the biggest protest for gun control in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

David Hogg, the student activist and survivor of the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School turns 18 today, which means he will finally be able to vote.

He's using Twitter on his 18th birthday to say that he is excited to vote in the upcoming midterm elections and is encouraging other young people who are of age to vote, too.

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