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USParkland Activists Took On the N.R.A. Here’s How It Turned Out.

04:25  08 november  2018
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Oliver L. North, the incoming president of the National Rifle Association, said this week the gun rights group was a victim of “civil terrorism” and accused gun control activists of “intimidation and harassment and lawbreaking.”.

A press conference was set at the City of Parkland Amphitheater. Now that the big rallies have waned and there are fewer cameras in their faces, they are ready The more vitriol the better in their televised appearances for David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez. The adult hosts listened as the NRA was blamed

Parkland Activists Took On the N.R.A. Here’s How It Turned Out.© Saul Martinez for The New York Times For months, Parkland students worked to chip away at the bloc of unregistered youth voters and pushed for stronger gun laws.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — After the shooting massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla., survivors found themselves taking on the National Rifle Association as they crisscrossed the country rallying young adults to register and vote against candidates opposed to gun control.

On Tuesday, the Parkland students got a dose of political reality.

While their registration drives enrolled thousands of younger votes, the students were unable to turn key races in their home state. Ron DeSantis was elected governor and Rick Scott was leading the vote for United States senator. Both Republicans were endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

Billboard in Boston featuring Parkland victim takes on gun laws in Florida

Billboard in Boston featuring Parkland victim takes on gun laws in Florida "If I had attended high school in Massachusetts instead of Parkland Florida, I would likely be alive today," the billboard reads

Here ' s how it happened. Geography, technology and youthful passion have helped the Parkland students The Parkland survivors started a movement when they took on gun violence. Activists and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend a rally at the Florida State Capitol

Students at Marjory Douglas Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Florida are set to return to school after a gunman killed 17 of their classmates and staff. “I want people to know that change is coming and you can either be on the right side or the wrong side of history,” Hogg said.

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“Things didn’t necessarily go our way but we know that this is the start, that it’s going to be a long road,” one of the most vocal students, David Hogg, said on Wednesday. “The Florida elections were very close, which is encouraging. For us, the loss in Florida is a call to action.”

In midterm elections dominated by health care and immigration, the results on Tuesday also showed that Americans are still wrestling with who should be allowed to purchase guns, how they should be regulated and what defines responsible gun ownership.

The outcomes let both sides claim some margin of victory. Two dozen N.R.A.-backed candidates and longtime gun lobby supporters were defeated in House contests, according to Giffords, the gun safety group. And 88 of 129 candidates backed by the group won their races.

Billboard in Boston featuring Parkland victim takes on gun laws in Florida

Billboard in Boston featuring Parkland victim takes on gun laws in Florida "If I had attended high school in Massachusetts instead of Parkland Florida, I would likely be alive today," the billboard reads

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, teens in Parkland , Florida, have taken on the gun-reform debate in full force. On the surface, they’re not so different from previous generations of idealistic teenagers who set out to change the world, only to find it is not so easy.

Parkland student and activist David Hogg thanked the National Rifle Association for turning its social media channels orange Friday. This doesn't mean Hogg and the NRA will be working together anytime soon. The tweet from Hogg comes as the NRA turned affiliated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

But groups that oppose gun control also claimed victory. Along with Mr. Scott and Mr. DeSantis, Senate candidates endorsed by the N.R.A., like the Republicans Mike Braun in Indiana and Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee, defeated their Democratic opponents.

The director of public affairs for the N.R.A., Jennifer Baker, said on Wednesday that “the gun control lobby suffered big losses to pro-Second Amendment candidates in their most high profile races.”

A Republican-controlled Senate, Ms. Baker added, would “continue to confirm pro-Second Amendment judges to the lower courts all the way to the Supreme Court.”

Voters between the ages of 18 and 29 went to the ballot boxes in greater numbers in House and Senate in races across the country, according to an analysis released on Wednesday by the Institute of Politics at Harvard.

Young voters, according to an analysis of exit polls, also helped Jacky Rosen, a Democrat, win the Senate seat in Nevada, and contributed to Beto O’Rouke’s strong showing against Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race. In Florida, the Harvard research showed, young voters chose the Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum, over Mr. DeSantis, 62 percent to 36 percent, though Mr. Gillum ultimately lost.

Parkland survivors vote for 1st time, months after massacre

Parkland survivors vote for 1st time, months after massacre Nine months after 17 classmates and teachers were gunned down, survivors of the Parkland school shooting are voting for the first time. They have mobilized tens of thousands at rallies and crisscrossed the country to register teen voters. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student activists set their sights on the 4 million U.S. citizens turning 18 this year. They're hoping to counteract the voter apathy that's especially prevalent among young people during midterm elections. Many of the activists postponed college plans to mobilize young voters. Many support gun reform, in the name of their fallen classmates.© The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Oct.

Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. The siblings, who have become gun-control activists since the Feb. 14 massacre that killed 17 people, pointed out on “ The Tonight Show” Tuesday how NRA -backed politicians thwart reforms like background checks, even

How do you learn how to stand up against an unjust system? For some people, Harry Potter seems to help. Activists like the Parkland survivors are saying what politicians won’t; it ’ s a detriment that other people They have found a small source of hope in a fairy tale; it is their way of turning on the light.

John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Institute of Politics, said that politics had become more tangible for younger adults in recent years.

The attitudes of youth started to shift after the 2016 election, from fear to hope for the future, he said. Then came Parkland on Feb. 14. A “traumatized generation” became an “energized generation,” which Mr. Volpe expected would help shape a more progressive domestic agenda and demand gun control legislation.

Parkland Activists Took On the N.R.A. Here’s How It Turned Out.© Gabriella Angotti-Jones/The New York Times Supporters of Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, listened to his concession speech on Tuesday. Mr. Gillum lost to Ron DeSantis, who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

“Parkland turbocharged a movement that was going to happen anyway; the tragedy gave them some momentum,” he said. The Parkland students helped the movement, he added, by giving “youth very specific ways to engage: register to vote, sign a petition, call a lawmaker.”

At least one person associated with Parkland saw the Florida midterms as a victory.

Parkland survivor rips Trump over Broward County tweets

Parkland survivor rips Trump over Broward County tweets Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor David Hogg ripped President Trump for his tweets suggesting voter fraud took place in Broward County.

Dear Parkland Activists : You Admit to Bullying the Shooter, But Have the Gall to Blame Guns and Meanwhile, all of you students- turned - activists are blaming the NRA , legal gun-owners, and in Including how the students who knew and influenced the eventual shooter may have played a role in

The Parkland Students Are Embarking on a Nationwide Summer Activism Tour. The day after 788 diplomas — four of them posthumous — were awarded to the graduating seniors of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Florida, the students of the March for Our Lives movement will announce in

Hunter Pollack, 21, is the brother of Meadow Pollack, 18, who died in the shooting. Mr. Pollack’s father appeared in a political ad for Mr. DeSantis.

“The F.B.I. failed my sister. The Broward Sheriff failed my sister. The Broward School Board failed my sister, and Andrew Gillum was a candidate who aligned himself with those failed politicians,” Hunter Pollack said.

“If he were elected, I’m positive shootings would continue to happen in schools,” Mr. Pollack said. “He would not take school security seriously. He’s a guy who doesn’t even believe in police officers in schools.”

Mr. DeSantis, he said, vowed to get justice for the 17 victims and hold all parties “accountable.”

A Parkland shooting survivor, Jaclyn Corin, who is a founder of March for Our Lives, the student-led gun control movement, said she had woken up on Wednesday ready to continue building.

“It felt like Feb. 15 in that know we have to make a change. We have to,” said Ms. Corin, 18, who voted for the first time this election. “We were not successful in this race, but we understand even more work needs to be done.”

“Young people are sick and tired of going to funerals of their friends,” she said. “They are sick and tired of seeing kids their age shot at schools, in theaters, at concerts.”

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