Here's Where State and Local Lawmakers Around the Country Have Tried to Institute New Gun Laws Since Parkland
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.
Since the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, attitudes of American voters have shifted on the question of assault weapons. Over 6 in 10 United States voters now support bans on these guns.
Following the deadly shooting, that utilized an AR-15 rifle, students from the Parkland school organized multiple events to raise awareness and create solidarity with other students across the United States. They also took on the National Rifle Association (NRA) directly and indirectly, which targeted them as well.
Kevin Sabo, a lawyer currently working for the United States Department of the Interior (DoI) in the Bureau of Reclamation, joined a list of conservative figures taking exception to recent gun control efforts by teenage survivors of gun violence.
Like many other gun advocates, Sabo's initial comment, made publicly on his Facebook account, attacked David Hogg. 17 year old Hogg is a favored target of many of the adults attacking the survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Parkland Students Don't Like Their New Clear Backpacks but They're Using Them to Send Politicians a Message
On March 21, Broward County School District announced changes to school policies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Among those changes was requiring students to use only clear backpacks.
The move came as a security measure after the mass shooting that killed 17 people on February 14. The shooter was not a student at Stoneman Douglas.
As Laura Ingraham Goes on Vacation, Russian Bots Have Taken Sides in Her Twitter Feud With David Hogg
In the ongoing saga unfolding between a 54 year old conservative radio and Fox News host once dubbed "Right-Wing Radio’s High Priestess of Hate" and an outspoken 17 year old survivor of the Parkland school mass shooting, a new player has entered the fray: Russian Twitter bots.
A Twitter bot is software that sends out automated posts on Twitter. Most bots work simply, programmed to send out tweets periodically or respond to instances of specific phrases or hashtags.
Republican Strategist Explains Perfectly How David Hogg Was Able to Get an Apology From Laura Ingraham
This kid's not scared. He's not scared of the NRA. He's not intimidated and scared by Laura Ingraham ... Half the Republican party is hiding under the table, under their bed. They're so scared ... Not these kids, though" ~ Steve Schmidt
In an appearance on the MSNBC program Deadline White House, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt spoke about what it took to eke out an apology from Fox News host and longtime conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham; namely, fearlessness.
And he called out the Republican Party in general and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in particular for lacking it.
In another case of an adult attacking a child online, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, age 54, targeted 17 year old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior David Hogg. Only this time, the child chose to fight back against the online harassment using the same tool: Twitter.
On March 28, Ingraham used her official Twitter account to mock Hogg's college application process. In her profile, Ingraham describes herself as "Mom, author, TV & Radio Host."