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dateline: 28 February 2018

High School Students Spark Gun-Control Movement

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

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.

3 Comments on High School Students Spark Gun-Control Movement

  1. Sunho says:

    Innocent people should never be exposed to mass shooting, but it is sad the US still is a place malicious people can always carry out mass killing whenever they want in any place in the US.

  2. Bijan says:


    The European Union is correct.

  3. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, I’m so happy to tell you my ears have used to your pronunciations now and can understand the text without seeing it in the first step. It’s more than one year that I listen to your audio news reports every day.

    Third, I feel your speaking’s speed in the above news report is so normal, of course for me after listening to your voice during one year.

    Teacher Tara,
    Thank you so much.

    I hope to meet you in my country one day and take you to historical places of Iran and can be the best translator for you and dear Sir Josef who is the founder of English Club.

    I love to learn English language and English Club website helps me very much.

    Fourth, as I know the people and the students cannot use the gun easily in Canada and the Union Europe, so I’m surprised why can a student use the gun easily and kill a lot of the students in the USA?

    I hope the USA can have the new bills on gun control.

    I wish peace for victims’ families.

    Best wishes and have a great weekend in nice Canada,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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