Student activists and survivors of the deadly 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, propose bold actions to reduce gun violence by half over the next decade. The March for Our Lives initiative, a group of former Parkland students who have sought to promote gun reform following the mass shooting, is called the Peace Plan for a Safer America. It aims to find the root causes of gun violence and to open a dialogue on the use of weapons in America, where nearly 40,000 people die each year from weapons.
Not only does the plan recommend the cessation ofbut it also outlines the steps needed to combat daily gun violence across communities across the country. That comes shortly after two deadly mass shootings throughout the weekend earlier this month in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
"For too long, we have been reaching out to elected officials to resolve the violence crisis in America, and again and again, they have come under the pressure of NRA donations and the status quo. Failure to do their work has had deadly consequences," David says Hog, co-founder of For Our Lives, said in a statement Tuesday.
"It is clear that the time for thought and prayer has come and gone. Now is the time for real change and real action, "he added.
Among the proposals, students are calling for legislative action in Washington to create a national licensing and registration system; ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines; policies such as the Red Banner Actto disarm gun owners who pose a risk to themselves or others; and a national arms buyback program.
They are also targeting the nation's largest arms lobby, urging the Federal Election Commission and the IRS to continue investigating the NRAamid turmoil over leaked documents showing that longtime Wayne LaPierre group leader may have . The tax-exempt status group is now under investigation by the attorneys general of New York and Washington, D.C.,
March for Our Lives also advocates for automatic voter registration at age 18 so it can launch the next generation of political engaged citizens.
"Younger generations are disproportionately affected by gun violence. They need to have a say in how their country handles this epidemic," the group says.
The proposal comes amid renewed calls for gun control actions after years of gridlock blocking on Capitol Hill. The student plan has already received support from the likes of Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a leading advocate for gun reform.
"I hope this proposal will stimulate an important debate about how Congress can take big steps to keep our communities safe from gun violence and save lives," says Murphy, a Democrat.
] The plan is also backed by a 2020 presidential nominee to former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke.
"Following the guidance of students who are leaving for their lives and for all of us, we will end this epidemic. I support their peaceful plan for a safer America – and urge everyone else in this race to do the same, "Tweet tweeted .
However, the NRA said in a statement that the proposals raised by the survivors of the shooting at a school in Parkland, are "off the main stream."
"The Arms Control Society is finally quite honest about their true wish list. Their suggestions and ideas remain beyond the mainstream and most people will understand their true intent goes beyond what he publicly states t, "said NRA spokesman Amy Hunter.
For now, the House Judiciary Committee plans to return early from its August recess to consider three bills that deal directly with gun violence, but they do not reach until March for proposals of our lives.