Student activists across the country participated in “National Die-In Day” pushing for gun control reform on Tuesday.
The 12-minute die-in in Nashville commemorated the second anniversary of the Pulse Night Club massacre in Orlando, FL, where 49 people lost their lives.
Students from Nashville to Florida to Washington, DC, dropped to the ground for 12 minutes, or 720 seconds, in protest of gun violence.
“That’s approximately the number of people that have died in mass shootings since the Pulse shooting,” said student organizer Sydney Coil. “We’re just trying to remember every one of them.”
Tuesday’s event also honors other victims of gun violence, including the 17 people killed at a Florida school in February.
Mass shootings at schools this year have sparked a youth-led movement for stricter gun control.
“We’re definitely seeing a lot more student protests happening, which is a great thing because I think young people should be interested in taking a stand,” said Coil.
Student activists and families who have lost loved ones to gun violence said their fight for better gun control laws is far from over.
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