Trauma of shootings amplified online

In the wake of the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, students have taken to social media platforms to beg lawmakers to take action.

Jennifer Hoppe, the deputy director of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, joined “Salon Talks” to talk about the failure of politicians to adequately address the issue. “I commend these students for speaking out so eloquently and having the presence of mind to do so, but at the same time these are children and they are in shock right now and this is a trauma that will last a lifetime,” Hoppe said. “It’s on us to figure out how to protect them and keep them safe.” There were also cell phone videos taken by students from inside the school that showed what the terrifying scene was like for those who lived through it. “Three million children every year witness a shooting in America and this just expands the folks who are able to view this carnage, this terror and I think we really need to process that,” Hoppe said. To hear more on how the use of social media puts a different lense on this tragedy, watch the video above. And check out the full conversation here.

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