Meet Lane Murdock, The Student Making Waves in the Gun Safety Movement
Lane Murdock is the founder of the National School Walkout, a student advocacy group dedicated to gun violence prevention.
1. What do you believe the firearm safety movement will look like a decade from now?
I believe it will continue to be online, [and] hopefully, by then we will have more legislation passed. I believe young people will always be at the head of this movement and it should continue that way. I would like to believe that the movement will get more ambitious, we have done a lot but I would like us to be far bolder, and in the future, as a new generation takes hold that is my expectation, for them not to just change the world or laws but how we protest altogether.
2. What do you consider the social and/or legislative effects of the National School Walkout to be, from your point of view?
The National School Walkout is unique in the sense that it was one of the few protests that focused on the youth population and not just the individual founding it. We created a day that was a platform that allowed the kids to do whatever they felt was right. I didn't tell them how to protest but I helped them see that they could. Because of this, I think I helped the youth movement not just be followers but leaders in their own right.
3. What advice do you have for other young people who want to make a difference in their communities?
The people you work with will not always like you. In fact, if someones annoyed you probably did something right. Activism isn't "nice" and it doesn't contain any pleasantries. It is the art form of disruption and you should face it with the bravery and intellectualism it deserves.
4. If you could talk to any lawmaker in the world about gun violence, what would you say and why?
Lawmakers are aware of the issues and in the past years, they have heard solutions and personal stories. The education of lawmakers and elected officials on gun violence by students is overwhelming, whether by protest or town halls. They know what they need to do, but money runs too deep in their morality for them to access any empathy. I would say this: Time is more powerful than money and time is on the side of the youth of America, vote for us or be voted out.