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More millennials buying guns in wake of school shootings

Though the majority of gun owners are still older, the organizer of the state’s largest series of gun shows said millennials are buying firearms in increasing numbers. Khaled Akkawi is the owner of Shoot Straight, a chain of stores in Florida. “Yeah, actually we do see a lot more young people coming to purchase firearms,” he said. “The demographics are ...

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Students on stage protesting gun violence (Photo by: Alexandra Yun)

Students from Broward high schools stage event in Miramar about school shootings

Students from various Broward high schools gathered Friday night at the Miramar Cultural Center to address the school shootings in Parkland and Santa Fe, Texas. Poets, singers and debaters took part in Broward Speaks, an event that channeled the Never Again movement through the arts. Amy Nguyen, a 17-year-old junior who is a member of the speech and debate team ...

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Leonor Munoz, MSD student, sitting on stage after town hall (Photo by Victoria Salas/SFNS)

Youth speak out at Coral Springs town hall with U.S. congressman

Momentum from the March For Our Lives protest in Washington D.C. and around the world led to the organization of Town Hall For Our Lives, a movement with more than 200 town halls throughout the nation where citizens continue to meet with their representative in order to discuss gun reform.  The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas hosted a town hall with Congressman Ted Deutch at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Mar. 3. Representatives from all levels of ...

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Many begin gathering on the streets of Washington, DC before the march begins. (Adrian Nones-Newman / SFNS)

Students feeling accomplished after rally

After marching on the nation’s capital and watching their peers and celebrities give their presentations, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students said they were optimistic about what the future holds regarding gun reform. Matthew Walker, a 17-year-old student at the Parkland, Florida school, said he was surprised at the amount of support they received. “Honestly, I thought there would be more counter ...

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The crowd seen from the Newseum in Washington D.C. (Photo by Pablo Chillida)

Sights and sounds of March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. [Video]

Around 500,000 people from all over the country gathered in Washington D.C. to demand the government for stricter gun regulations. Hundreds of students from Stoneman Douglas High School congregated at the JW Marriott Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave. They crossed the street and met with other protesters at the Freedom Plaza. From there they walked toward the Capitol where the March ...

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Crowd in Doral (Photo by Mario Gil)

Marchers demand #neveragain in South Florida [Photos]

The South Florida News Service followed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and alumni to the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, DC. An estimated half million people descended on the nation’s capital, chanting and waving signs. SFNS reporters also covered so-called sister rallies throughout South Florida. Click here to see our coverage, and check out some of the images collected during the ...

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Un grupo de manifestantes porta pancartas en El Doral.
Foto: Olga Betancourt

Hoy marchamos. Mañana votamos

“Yo tengo mi niña en silla de ruedas. Ellos son los que siempre se quedan en el olvido. Estos niños no pueden correr, no se pueden esconder y no pueden luchar. Nosotros tenemos que caminar por ellos. Así que ya basta, queremos mayor control de armas”. Eso dijo una madre que empujaba a su hija en una silla de ruedas ...

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Chef in Washington, DC provides comfort in obvious source: food

Brian Hill is the owner of Chef Brian’s Comfort Kitchen located in downtown D.C. After enduring a rough childhood, he said he wants to support and empower the younger generations.  When he discovered students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas were leading the march in Washington, DC, he decided to help in the best way he knew how: by providing comfort food.  — ...

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Maureen Glover stands with her project: more than 200 names and faces of those killed in mass shootings since 1966. (Victoria Salas / SFNS)

Project displays names, faces of victims of mass shootings

A line of laminated papers displaying the names, faces and circumstances of more than 200 people murdered in mass shootings stretched nearly a football field in length on Indiana Avenue in Washington, DC, Saturday–a jarring display to thousands of passersby during the March For Our Lives rally. Maureen Glover, from Asbury Park, New Jersey, began the project after the 2016 Pulse ...

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The crowd marches at the Parkland rally. (Photo credit: Dianne Morales)

At the Parkland march, emotions take hold

At the Parkland rally, around 20,000 people made way toward Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including community members still reeling from the tragedy. Vanessa Marie, a freshman from Royal Palm Beach High School, said despite feeling sadness, she is empowered to make a difference. “A lot of people are focusing on protecting guns instead of kids, and it is sick, ...

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