Devastation set in on December 14, 2012, when innocent lives were lost during a school shooting in Newtown, CT. But in the weeks following the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School, there has been a strong call for legislative changes to avoid similar tragedies.
Among those taking a stand are four determined 8th graders from New York City. When assigned a social justice project, the teens initiated a civil activism movement around gun control. The resourceful group — known as Youth Demand — created an online petition to Washington, D.C. The petition demands a ban on assault weapons, tightening of the current gun laws, and stricter gun registration requirements, for an all-around safer country to live in.
“We don’t want to grow up in a war zone,” said one of the students, “it’s our future.” Youth Demand has the support of anti-gun violence organizations across America and is now asking for YOUR help.