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Parkland shooting survivors-turned-activists make the cover of Time magazine

Parkland students visit DC school for #Neveragain rally against gun violence

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida visited a school in Washington, D.C. on March 22. The students held a rally to end gun violence in all communities.
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Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida visited a school in Washington, D.C. on March 22. The students held a rally to end gun violence in all communities.

Five Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students who have become national figures in the #NeverAgain movement to change gun laws after the Feb. 14 massacre at the Parkland school have joined the likes of Albert Einstein, Che Guevara and Steven Jobs, as featured on the cover of Time magazine.

Stoneman Douglas students Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and Alex Wind stare from the April 2 cover with a single word: “ENOUGH.” Inside, the accompanying article posted online Thursday bears the title “The School Shooting Generation Has Had Enough.”

The magazine released the story two days before the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington and in cities across the country, a movement the students organized swiftly following the shooting.

Inside, Time magazine writer Charlotte Alter reminds her readers that the kids on the cover “cannot vote, order a beer, make a hotel reservation or afford a pizza without pooling some of their allowance. 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.”

“Yet over the past month, these students have become the central organizers of what may turn out to be the most powerful grassroots gun-reform movement in nearly two decades. For much of the rest of the country, numbed and depressed by repeated mass shootings, the question has become, Can these kids actually do it?”

Nikolas Cruz confessed to killing 14 students, three adults and injuring 17 others in a six-minute shooting spree at Stoneman Douglas High School.

Since the shootings, Stoneman Douglas students have taken to social media and the airwaves — they were on ‘60 Minutes’ Sunday — to urge more stringent gun-control laws in the United States. Their passion fueled a 17-minute walkout in schools across the country on March 14 to mark the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida visited a school in Washington, D.C. on March 22. The students held a rally to end gun violence in all communities.

“In a matter of five weeks, the young voices of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have changed minds and even laws,” TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal writes in his letter to readers. “Florida, Rhode Island and Oregon tightened gun restrictions. Giant retailers stopped selling assault-style weapons. Longtime corporate partners ended relationships with the National Rifle Association. And hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flood the streets on March 24 for March for Our Lives, an event conceived and organized by kids.”

Time also offers, separately, “Six Real Ways We Can Reduce Gun Violence in America,” and illustrates the article with a photo of the Sunrise Tactical Shop in Coral Springs, where Cruz bought the weapons he used. Among the suggestions: Buying a gun should be like buying a car, and a pitch for eliminating restrictions on funding research into the causes of gun violence.

Guevara graced the cover on Aug. 8, 1960, while Einstein was on it on April 4, 1938. Jobs is shown posing with an early Macintosh computer on Oct. 17, 2011, 19 months before the cover focused on “Millennials,” dubbing them The Me Me Me Generation on May 20, 2013.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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