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dateline: 28 February 2018

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High School Students Spark Gun-Control Movement

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • spark: to start
  • mass shooting: a gun crime involving four or more victims
  • rally: a large gathering to promote a cause
  • activist: a person who fights for or speaks out about a cause
  • intensive: detailed
  • cut ties: to stop partnering

High School Students Spark Gun-Control Movement

A group of students have organized a gun-control movement in the US following a mass school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day. days of the shooting, students were holding rallies and proposing new bills on gun control. They also in a major televised debate, raised over 2 million dollars for victims’ families, and organized a nation-wide march (scheduled for March 24). The students also used to pressure businesses to cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA). The goal of the student activists is for this to be the last mass school shooting in America. They are asking for a on assault rifles and more intensive background checks for gun buyers.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What sparked the student-led movement?
  2. What changes do the students want?
  3. Why does the report mention the NRA?

Discussion Questions

The shooter in this crime was a mentally ill 18 year old. He was a former student of the high school and was known to police. He purchased his weapon legally and killed 17 people. Do you think the US needs tighter gun control? How does gun control compare in your native country?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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