Five students who survived the Parkland massacre are featured on Time magazine’s new cover just days before March for Our Lives – a protest organized by the activists to challenge current gun legislation.
In the center of the cover stands Emma Gonzalez – a high school senior who gained notoriety after her impassioned speech about gun violence just days after the shooting – with her arms crossed across the chest.
The headline reads ‘ENOUGH’ in capital letters with four other student activists – Jaclyn Corin, Alex Wind, Cameron Kasky and David Hogg – featured on either side of Gonzalez.
The five students have vocalized the need for gun reform from politicians after Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, and killed 17 people with an AR-15.
The student activists’ next movement will happen Saturday during the March for Our Lives protest in Washington DC and other cities worldwide.
Time magazine unveiled it’s cover this week featuring five students from Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. Pictured left to right: Students and March for Our Lives organizers Jaclyn Corin, Alex Wind, Emma González, Cameron Kasky and David Hogg
Emma Gonzalez has become a prominent voice from Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, after the shooting. She has worked with other students to rally against the NRA and politicians who support loose gun legislation
March for Our Lives was organized by #NeverAgain, a movement created by student Cameron Kasky, and gun control organization Everytown for Gun Safety.
The march is encouraging students and adults to show up in Washington DC, and other cities, to protest current gun laws in the United States.
As of Thursday evening, there were 832 ‘sibling marches’ created worldwide to show support for the main event in Washington DC.
This is one of the many events the five students from Parkland have organized since a school shooting devastated their community.
Just last week, students across the country left their classrooms for 17 minutes to honor the 17 people who were shot and killed.
The Time magazine feature covered what made these five students, and others, use their voices to promote change in the country despite most of them not being of age to vote, drink, or serve in the army.
‘Surviving is the easy part,’ writes 14-year-old Caspen Becher, a freshman who is part of the Douglas JROTC program, for Time magazine. ‘Learning to live again is the hard part.’
David Hogg is one of five students from Parkland featured on the Time magazine cover. He has helped organize the March for Our Lives and other events to promote gun reform in the US
Pictured is Cameron Kasky (L) and Jaclyn Corin (R) on the Today show on Monday. They were also featured on the cover and will be in DC this Saturday for the March for Our Lives protest
Since the shooting, organizations such as Delta Airlines and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have distanced themselves from the NRA – which has been targeted as an enemy against safer gun laws by the student activists.
Also, stores such as Walmart, Fred Meyer and Kroger have changed their policies for what types of guns they sell and to whom they sell them to.
The students are now setting their sights on Washington to see what change can occur with a march this large.
But conservatives have blasted the magazine cover after it was revealed on Thursday saying it was missing the other side of the debate, the pro-gun students from Parkland.
One student in particular who some have argued deserved to be on the cover is Kyle Kashuv.
He has also garnered followers across the country for his own activism since the shooting.
But he differs from the five students on the cover because he has advocated for gun laws that do not target the NRA.
Conservatives have questioned why Kyle Kashuv (pictured left) or other students on the pro-gun side of the debate were not asked to join the cover of Time magazine. Kashuv has also stood out as a student activist since the shooting, but he is focused on protecting the core of the second amendment
Kashuv is calling for bipartisan legislation, similar to the other students, but has been meeting with republican politicians in efforts to help protect the core of the second amendment.
But the magazine chose to focus on the five students who are challenging lawmakers to cast aside their relationship with the NRA and consider stronger gun laws.
Time wrote in its decision to feature the five student activists on its cover: ‘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?’