‘We are the mass-shooting generation’ Parkland shooting survivor visits Lyman
Victoria Bresnahan – News Editor
Parkland shooting survivor and activist David Hogg spoke at the Lyman Center last night, advocating for gun control.
Students at Hogg’s high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, in Parkland, Florida were victims of a mass shooting this previous Valentine’s Day. Hogg and fellow survivors created the youth-led organization March for our Lives after 17 people died.
“I hope that like future generations don’t walk into a classroom and think to themselves, ‘which seat is most likely for me to survive in?,’” said Hogg, during a press conference before the event. “I hope that when people are walking to or from school they aren’t fearing gun violence anymore.”
Hogg said universities and high schools can work with families that have created organizations that advocate for school safety to better protect students. He said over-policing and over-incarceration are not solutions for gun violence.
“We need to respond to these crises as what it is; a public health crisis,” said Hogg.
Even before the shooting, Hogg said he feared gun violence and worried about being a victim of a mass shooting.
“It is common consensus when you walk into buildings for us to think about where the exits are,” he said. “And that shouldn’t be something we think about but sadly it is and it is a fact of our daily life.”
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