THE WRITERS OVER RIFLES
INITIATIVE

The macabre shootings accustomed to making the front page of national newspapers has taught young children like ourselves to simply hope for the best. Our politicians reassure us that the problem is being solved, yet there is an average of one school shooting every week. As kids, our voices are drained out by more powerful authorities who time and time again fail to fulfill their promise.​

 

The Valentine's Day school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School makes it imperative to realize it is the people -- regardless of political ideology or party -- unified together who will finally end this ongoing tribulation. Writers Over Rifles hopes to inspire people of all ages to write and speak, so that their own voices can finally be heard. 

We never thought that we, at 13 and 14 years old, would have to stand up for a cause that is so ubiquitous, dangerous, and important at such a young age, but the adults who run our country have failed us. That's why we have taken it into our own hands, and we need your help.

 

We refuse to stay silent any longer. We refuse to sit back as innocent children are ruthlessly murdered, and as Congress continues to sit idly by. We, citizens and children of the United States, demand action. We will not succumb to the violence used to solve problems in the past -- instead, we will use our words. After all, the pen is mightier than the gun.

 

 THE PROJECT 

ONE CHILD

IS MORE IMPORTANT

THAN ALL THE GUNS

IN THE WORLD.

-CHRIS LOZOS

THE HARD TRUTH

19

NUMBER OF CHILDREN KILLED OR INJURED EACH DAY BY GUN VIOLENCE

1 IN 10

CHILD DEATHS ARE CAUSED BY GUNS

291

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA SINCE 2013

According to Business Insider, "Florida doesn't require fingerprints, a special permit, or even a waiting period to buy a gun. This is common in some parts of the US, where you can walk into a store and walk out with a semi-automatic gun in your hand in minutes."

"In Virginia, you can buy a semi-automatic gun 'in 15 minutes,' Roanoke Firearms owner John Markell told the New York Time's Michael Barbaro."

"It took a reporter from the Philly Inquirer seven minutes to buy an AR-15, the semi-automatic gun used in many of the US' deadliest mass shootings. In Orlando, buying the AR-15 took just 38 minutes two days after the shooting spree that killed 49 people at the city's Pulse nightclub, the Huffington Post reported."

Widespread gun violence and school shootings are a problem unique to the United States. Children are not murdered in their own schools every single day in other developed countries, and when they are, the governments do something about it. We must be educated about the dangers of gun violence, and use our knowledge to make a change.

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