When the news notification popped up on my phone, my response was a short “Jesus, not again,” and then I went back to my business. The nonchalance of my response should be incredibly alarming, just as alarming as the lack of news coverage of a shooting that left seven people dead and twenty-five injured.
It was a chilly, but cloudless day, on March 14th, when members of the Fordham community––following in the footsteps of over 30,000 other students across the nation––gathered on Edward’s Parade to commemorate the one-month anniversary of the shooting that took place on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As the Keating bells struck 10, crowds of students and staff members filed out of classroom buildings and clustered by the fence facing the Lombardi Center to stand in solidarity with the victims of the shooting, as well as the students actively fighting for urgently-needed gun reform laws.
In the wake of the Parkland shooting, students from all over the country have risen up to protest the government’s refusal to enact sensible gun legislation and finally start protecting American schools.