In Newtown, Connecticut, One Man’s Journey Out of America’s Gun Culture

Eric Milgram doesn’t exactly have the typical résumé for a gun-control activist. Like millions of Americans, he grew up around firearms. He received his first shotgun at the age of 13. As a young man, he owned eight guns and was a member of the National Rifle Association. After moving to Newtown, Conn., in 2010, he set up a target behind his house and tried to teach his children to shoot. He was even contemplating buying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

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From survivor to activist: Girl, 12, who was saved by her teacher during Sandy Hook massacre joins March For Our Lives protest after being inspired by Parkland students

Lauren Milgram was six years old when she survived the Sandy Hook massacre. She was saved when her teacher hid her and 15 other students in a tiny bathroom. Lauren and her 15-year-old brother, a fellow survivor, marched in DC on Saturday. They joined 400 people from Newtown, including many Sandy Hook survivors

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The Fearless, Outraged Young Protesters at the March for Our Lives

Until recently, advocates for gun control hadn’t realized what their movement was missing: fearless, outraged teen-agers. On Saturday morning, in Washington, D.C., students and parents gathered to protest the lenient gun laws that allow for endless mass shootings in America. Many had orange price tags dangling from their wrists: $1.05, the amount the National Rifle Association donated to the Republican senator Marco Rubio, divided by the number of students in Florida, the state he represents. A massive sound system broadcast pop songs: Kesha’s “Tik Tok,” Britney Spears’s “Toxic,” the Killers’ “Mr. Brightside.” The mood was celebratory, but determined.

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Students' #NeverAgain Movement Shifting Political Climate in National Fight Against Gun Violence

After the latest mass shooting incident that killed 17 students and teachers at Parkland Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, expectations were that interest in yet another tragic story of gun violence would soon fade from the headlines. But something is different this time. Student survivors of the Parkland massacre refused to let their grief and trauma stop them from speaking out and becoming active in the campaign to rein in gun violence.

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