From award-winning author Michelle Roehm McCann comes a young activist’s handbook to joining the fight against gun violence—both in your community and on a national level—to make schools safer for everyone.
Young people are suffering the most from the epidemic of gun violence—as early as kindergarten students are crouching behind locked doors during active shooter drills. Teens are galvanizing to speak up and fight for their right to be safe. They don’t just want to get involved, they want to change the world. Enough Is Enough is a call to action for teens ready to lend their voices to the gun violence prevention movement. This handbook deftly explains America’s gun violence issues—myths and facts, causes and perpetrators, solutions and change-makers—and provides a road map for effective activism.
Told in three parts, Enough Is Enough also explores how America got to this point and the obstacles we must overcome, including historical information about the Second Amendment, the history of guns in America, and an overview of the NRA. Informative chapters include interviews with teens who have survived gun violence and student activists who are launching their own movements across the country. Additionally, the book includes a Q&A with gun owners who support increased gun safety laws.
Inspired by outspoken student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018, McCann (Girls Who Rocked the World) infuses her call to action against gun violence with profiles of young people who are already working across the nation to reduce it. McCann's goal is to increase safety: she aims to disarm critics by stressing the widespread common interest in stronger gun laws; her enemies are apathy and the NRA and its political influence not gun ownership. Compelling data and charts buttress McCann's presentation of the increasing problem, which she follows with an analysis of how we got here, potential solutions, and a very practical guide for young people galvanized into action. While highlighting the dismaying impact of gun violence particularly on people of color, the LGBTQ population, women, the mentally ill, and children McCann maintains an encouraging, spirited tone, exhorting readers to concentrate on six "urgent priorities" at the state or national level. A comprehensive gun glossary and list of additional resources, ranging from social media to nonfiction books and films, supplement this passionate and timely plea to students to help make their country safer for everyone. Ages 12 up.