As President Trump took a step backward on gun control this week — reportedly telling National Rifle Association (NRA) Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre he doesn’t support universal background checks — March for Our Lives stepped forward, proposing Peace Plan for a Safer America.
March for Our Lives was founded by student survivors of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Spurring on the youth activists’ Peace Plan for a Safer America were the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton earlier this month. Who they’re directly appealing to with the plan – 2020 presidential candidates.
A candidate already lending support is Beto O’Rourke, who tweeted:
On the March for Our Lives website, the group explains why they’re putting forth the Peace Plan:
“We have a bold, comprehensive policy platform to end the gun violence epidemic in America that claims nearly 40,000 lives every year. If we’re going to end this, we need to address the root causes of gun violence. Created by survivors, so you don’t have to be one.”
On ABC News, March for Our Lives Co-Founder Tyah Roberts said, “The gun lobby profits off other people’s inaction and feeling like they can’t mobilize for something that will save lives.”
The expansive Peace Plan For A Safer America covers a lot of ground, from raising age-restrictions for gun purchases from 18 to 21 and banning assault weapons, to creating targeted community intervention programs for intersectional dimensions of gun violence, appointing a National Director of Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) to report directly to the President.
March for Our Lives is also asking for enforcing a reexamination of the Second Amendment by replacing judges situated at various federal levels, plus mandating investigations on the NRA and gun dealers suspected of illegal gun trafficking.
Looking forward, Roberts said, “If all of our policies are implemented, we expect that over a 10-year period that gun deaths will decrease by 50%.”
To learn more, visit March for Our Lives website page devoted to Peace Plan for A Safer America.