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NASW supports young people who are advocating and protesting for laws to curtail nation's gun death epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is proud of the brave young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and around the nation who are advocating and protesting for laws to curtail this nation’s gun death epidemic. 

Often it is young people who lead adults to do the right thing. We saw this during the Birmingham Children's Crusade for civil rights in Alabama in 1963; the anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1960's; and the demonstrations on college campuses in the 1980's urging the United States to divest from apartheid South Africa. 

Today, we need sensible gun laws that ban the sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. This nation must also declare gun shootings a public health crisis, which would mandate public health officials around the country to develop coordinated strategies to significantly reduce gun-related deaths and injuries. 

Our young people are now helping lead the way. NASW stands ready to support and work with them to make our nation a safer place to live.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.