The group “March For Our Lives” has only been around for a couple weeks. And yet they are already garnering the attention, publicity and donations of huge celebrities. And threatening to do some serious damage when it comes to increasing gun control efforts.
Cameron Kasky, a 17-year-old student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, began the group just two weeks after the school’s mass shooting earlier this month.
Since then, Kasky’s crowdfunding efforts have been garnering over $2.5 million from over 32,000 donors.
Not to mention, big-name stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, and more have each been promising to give the campaign at least $500,000. In addition, Gucci gave $500,000 to the cause.
In addition, Emma González, a Douglas High School student whose 11-minute speech following the shooting went viral, has been garnering more than 928,000 Twitter followers in the month of February alone.
The group says their mission is to enact change by demanding an effective, comprehensive bill that will be brought before Congress that addresses gun issues. Specifically, March For Our Lives has been lashing out against assault rifles.
According to Guns.com:
The organization has been feted by the media and is making the rounds among the talk show circuits, with Kasky contributing an op-ed to CNN and the students visiting with Ellen. Meanwhile, legacy gun control groups Everytown and Moms Demand Action have announced they are forming a student-based group and are supporting the planned March for Our Lives protest in Washington set for next month.
What happens the day after the march? Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, a traditional super-donor for Democrats, is pledging $1 million in an effort to coordinate with Everytown and Giffords to register high school students to vote in 10 key battleground states, just in time for the 2018 mid-term elections.
“Come November, many of those young Americans will be making the difference themselves as they cast their votes for the first time,” Giffords said.
But until the Fall, it remains to be seen if the students-turned-activists will have an effect at the polls. Past opinion surveys have found that Millennials statistically aren’t that much more liberal from the rest of the country in their feelings on gun control while one recent poll found Americans overall tend to blame mass shootings on mental health rather than gun laws in a two-to-one margin.