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Politicians beware: the kids are watching your response to Parkland—and signing up to vote

They don’t want “thoughts and prayers,” they want leaders who take gun control seriously. And remember: the midterms are fast-approaching

By Diane Roberts  

Students march on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in the aftermath of last week's mass shooting. Photo: Sun Sentinel/TNS/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Something feels different. It’s not the hashtag “Never Again:” there’s a hash tag for every American mass shooting. It’s not the sickening statistics: we’ve all seen the graphs and charts demonstrating that of all developed nations, the United States is the only one, the only one, where people regularly go on shooting rampages, killing dozens at primary schools, concerts, cinemas, nightclubs, college campuses, post offices, churches, restaurants, community centers, you name it.…

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