Parkland Students Want These 5 Gun-Law Changes

It starts with ban on semi-automatic weapons
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2018 11:55 AM CDT
Parkland Students Want These 5 Gun-Law Changes
Lillie Perez, 11, holds a sign during a "March for Our Lives" protest for gun legislation and school safety Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

As hundreds of thousands march Saturday in cities around the US in support of gun control, the editorial staff of the Eagle Eye—the school newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 people were killed in a shooting in February—are pushing nine changes to fight gun violence in the US. "We have a unique platform not only as student journalists, but also as survivors of a mass shooting," the staff writes in an editorial published in the Guardian. "We believe federal and state governments must put these [changes] in place to ensure that mass shootings and gun violence cease to be a staple of American culture." The Eagle Eye editorial staff recommends nine changes; here are five of them:

  1. A ban on semi-automatic weapons that fire high-velocity rounds
  2. A ban on bump stocks and other accessories that simulate automatic weapons
  3. The creation of a database for gun sales and universal background checks
  4. Raise the legal age to purchase guns to 21
  5. Close the gun show loophole and loophole for second-hand gun sales
Read the full editorial here for the rest of the list and the editorial staff's reasoning. (More gun control stories.)

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