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Parkland activists unveil gun violence prevention plan
March for Our Lives, the activist group that emerged from last year's mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., unveiled a plan Wednesday seeking to tackle gun violence.
Called the "Peace Plan for a Safer America," the sweeping proposal calls for creating a national licensing and gun registry, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, instituting a mandatory gun buyback program and installing a "national director of gun violence prevention."
The plan also calls for raising the minimum age for purchasing firearms from 18 to 21 and require a 10-day waiting period for all purchases.
It would focus on other factors contributing to gun violence by expanding mental health services and programs to address suicide, domestic violence and urban violence.
The student activists' plan also includes a call for automatic voter registration when those eligible turn 18 and the creation of a "Safety Corps" for gun violence prevention.
"For too long we have looked to elected officials to solve America's gun violence crisis and time and time again, they have fallen to the pressure of NRA donations and the status quo. Their failure to do their jobs has had deadly consequences," David Hogg, former Parkland student and March for Our Lives co-founder, said in a statement.
"We cannot accept 40,000 Americans dying each year due to guns as normal. Gun violence is destroying our generation, and our country, and we won't stand by and do nothing."
The proposal comes in the wake of two mass shootings within a 24-hour period in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month that left 31 people dead.
The two shootings have led to renewed calls for gun reform, something some GOP lawmakers have expressed an openness to debating when Congress reconvenes next month following a monthlong recess.
The Democratic-led House passed a bill earlier this year to institute universal background checks, though only eight Republicans supported it, signaling the bill would go nowhere in the GOP-controlled Senate.
While President Trump initially voiced support for potentially expanding background checks after the shootings, he has since appeared to back away from those suggestions.
Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year that left 17 dead, March for Our Lives has focused on voter registration and outreach across the country, building a national infrastructure with more than 100 chapters centered on grass-roots organizing.