The New York Times reports:
State legislatures, both Republican- and Democratic-controlled, passed 76 gun control laws in the past year — from bans on bump stocks and caps on magazine sizes to new minimum-age requirements and expanded background checks.
Among the victories for gun control advocates was an omnibus bill in Florida that raised the minimum age to purchase a firearm in the state to 21 and extended the waiting period to three days. In all, more than half the states passed at least one gun control measure in 2018, with Washington and New York joining the trend in 2019.
At the same time, there were significantly fewer new state laws expanding gun rights in 2018 than the year before, according to an end-of-year report by the national advocacy group Giffords. Data provided by the N.R.A. also indicated that the number of enacted gun control measures outnumbered pro-gun measures for the first time in at least six years.
The Associated Press reports:
Some students around the country marked the anniversary of the school massacre in Parkland, Florida, with moments of silence Thursday or somber vigils while others sought to find threads of positivity in the fabric of tragedy.
Boardman High School in northeast Ohio planned to have a “legacy lockdown” including an active-shooter drill, a chime ringing once for each of the 17 victims from Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and an opportunity to applaud local emergency responders.
It repeats an event they did weeks after the Florida shooting: Students practiced hiding during the drill, then lined the hallways to clap and cheer as dozens of police and other responders walk through the school.
The Independent reports:
In the aftermath of the shooting, a lot was promised and little, ultimately, was done. In fact, one of the main things to be done had nothing to do with access to guns or assault weapons. Instead, it had to do with what happens in our schools: active shooter drills became much more prevalent across the US, and I have seen firsthand the effect that this has on our children.
These new drills are far more intense than your standard lockdown drills. During active shooter drills, students and staff rehearse various instructed responses — maybe throwing things at the “shooter,” maybe escaping, maybe hiding. Some of these drills even involve officers shooting blanks from real guns. Little is known about the emotional impacts of active shooter drills on children, but we have plenty of anecdotal evidence that many children are terrified during them.
From Parkland student journalists:
Once a month, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school (MSD) in Parkland, Florida must relive the most frightening day of their lives. A “code red” drill is called over the intercom. Teachers stop teaching immediately, check that their classroom doors are locked, shut off the lights and cover their classroom windows.
Students are directed to remain silent and huddle in a designated “hard corner” – an area of the classroom that has been deemed safe because it would be out of the line of site of a shooter in the hallway.
In recent weeks, red icons have been painted onto classrooms walls at MSD to indicate a hard corner. The hard corners also feature special “bleeding control kits” affixed to the walls containing materials to stop the blood flow from gunshot wounds.
Miami’s ABC affiliate reports:
Miami-Dade County police began a special training course for all of its officers Monday on how to handle a mass casualty incident, using lessons from the Parkland school shooting.
On Monday, officers addressed how to best respond to an active shooting situation. Instructors stressed moving in as quickly as possible to resolve the threat – something that was not done at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year when 17 people were killed and more than dozen others were wounded. Deputies there waited almost seven minutes to engage the gunman.
“We’ve learned that, in some cases, one solo officer may need to go in there to resolve the incident or stop that attacker,” said Sgt. Manny Malgor with the Miami-Dade County Police Department.
We’re remembering the 17 lives lost in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one year ago, and we’re thinking of their friends and families 💔 https://t.co/vM4vvkVs6E
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 14, 2019
In the year since their friends were killed, the students of Parkland refused to settle for the way things are and marched, organized, and pushed for the way things should be – helping pass meaningful new gun violence laws in states across the country. I’m proud of all of them.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 14, 2019
Nearly 1,200 children were killed by guns in America in the year since the Parkland shooting. Teen journalists came together from across the U.S. to tell their stories. pic.twitter.com/W3c76eTtTM
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 14, 2019
Today marks one year since the shooting at MSD.
To the millions of people who watched the horror unfold from their homes,
Thank you for caring. Thank you for telling our story. Thank you for helping us show that Parkland is stronger than anyone who tries to ruin us.
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) February 14, 2019
In the wake of unspeakable horror, the young people of Parkland rose up to demand action on gun violence and mobilized a generation of activists.
Thank you for your courage and call to action. The Democratic House has heard your call. But will the Senate? https://t.co/Im53RAaI4m
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 14, 2019
One year ago today, fourteen students and three staff members were shot and killed and seventeen more were injured in a horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
— Everytown (@Everytown) February 14, 2019
One year ago, the #Parkland community lost 17 lives in a heinous act of gun violence. #SinceParkland 1,200 kids in America have been killed by guns. It’s long past time we unite in common purpose and pass common sense gun safety legislation to prevent more tragedy.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 14, 2019
A year after the Parkland Shooting, Congress still hasn’t passed strong legislation to address gun violence. But I’m going to keep fighting – along with the MSD survivors and students across the country who are working to #EndGunViolence.
Together, we will make change. pic.twitter.com/cc0c7k2u1Z
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 14, 2019
One year ago today, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and killed 17 students and staff members, and injured 17 more.
We hold the victims and survivors in our hearts and honor them, and all victims and survivors of gun violence, with action. pic.twitter.com/YBxsmbkJhD
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) February 14, 2019
Thank you for all the kind words and support in this difficult time for many famlies in Parkland.
I will be taking a break from Twitter for the next 3 days.
Please remember the people we’re stolen from us that day; they are why we fight for peace.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) February 13, 2019