After the tragic event that occurred on February 14th at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, many students have taken a stand on what they believe in and made their voices heard. These students have voiced their opinions on gun control and gun laws.

In a recent poll organized by Newsela, the results reveal that majority of the students and adults across the country all have the same view and opinions on gun laws. Sixty-seven percent of the students that participated said that gun laws in the U.S. should be stricter. In a poll organized by Quinnipiac University, the results showed that sixty-six percent of adults that participated believe that the U.S. should have stricter gun laws.

On March 24th, about 500,000 people in Washington D.C. participated in the “March for our Lives” protest. That was Washington D.C. alone. Tens of thousands of people joined the protest in Los Angeles on the same day. All across the country, students walked out of school, joined a march, or even joined a class discussion about gun violence and what to do about it.

At Griffiths, we also participated in an organized walk-out in respect for the seventeen victims of the Florida shooting. We had teacher and student performances, we wrote messages on ribbons to put on the front gate, and we had seventeen seconds of silence for the seventeen victims.

What are your views on gun laws and gun control?

Alexandra Pierce, 8th grade

“I think that people are still going to get guns illegally or steal them from their parents, but setting a higher age limit will hopefully prevent school shootings from happening so often.”

Destiny Montes, 8th Grade

“I think that no matter how strict the gun laws are, people are still going to find ways around them. And even if they get rid of guns all together, it doesn’t mean people are going to give them up. We just need more awareness about them and more security in schools.”