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A couple of brave kids to change the world

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In case you’ve missed the rest of the world’s news amid Turkey’s busy agenda, something big is happening in the United States. The mass murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day has reignited the fierce debate over gun control. This time, however, Parkland seems to have become a tipping point for Americans; you can tell something is different.

The protests led by student survivors have evolved into a nationwide campaign thanks to the teens’ savvy use of social media. Within a short period of time, messages demanding stronger restrictions on gun ownership have spread virally on Twitter, Facebook and conventional media outlets, creating a snowball effect. Different groups of people — victims’ families, students, gun control activists, celebrities and others — have all united to prevent future attacks.

As in previous shooting incidents, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been the focus of renewed national attention since the group opposes any legislation to restrict gun ownership. According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. has one of the highest rates of death by........

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