Already, though, the Parkland teens have made some progress. In the aftermath of the shooting, for example, a number of states have moved to enact gun control measures. Lawmakers in Florida recently passed a bill raising the minimum age for buying guns from 18 to 21 and imposing a three-day waiting period on all gun purchases, among other restrictions. If signed into law, it would be the first gun control measure in Florida in more than 20 years.
Some retailers have also taken steps to limit the sale of firearms. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart recently announced that they would raise their minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21.
President Trump has also expressed a willingness to support comprehensive gun reform. In a meeting with lawmakers two weeks after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas, Trump said, “It’s time that a president stepped up.”
In addition, experts note that the Parkland teens have been able to publicly hold politicians accountable in a way that few adults have.
In a televised town hall meeting, Cameron Kasky, a Stoneman Douglas junior, challenged U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who opposes many gun control measures: “Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future?” (Rubio didn’t directly answer the question, but pledged his support for the Second Amendment and for students’ right to feel safe at school.)