Enough Is Enough
How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety
by Michelle Roehm McCann
Pub Date 08 Oct 2019
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Young people are suffering the most from the epidemic of gun violence—as early as kindergarten students are crouching behind locked doors during active shooter drills. Teens are galvanizing to speak up and fight for their right to be safe. They don’t just want to get involved, they want to change the world. Enough Is Enough is a call to action for teens ready to lend their voices to the gun violence prevention movement. This handbook deftly explains America’s gun violence issues—myths and facts, causes and perpetrators, solutions and change-makers—and provides a road map for effective activism.
Told in three parts, Enough Is Enough also explores how America got to this point and the obstacles we must overcome, including historical information about the Second Amendment, the history of guns in America, and an overview of the NRA. Informative chapters include interviews with teens who have survived gun violence and student activists who are launching their own movements across the country. Additionally, the book includes a Q&A with gun owners who support increased gun safety laws.
"Some authors see the Parkland survivors as models for teen activism. Michelle Roehm McCann has written Enough Is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety (Beyond Words, Oct.). McCann, an active member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety, is launching Kids Demand Action, an organization for young people wanting to protest gun violence and lobby for gun control legislation. She guides her readers into activism by providing background information on the movement and interviews with teen survivors of gun violence. The book also includes profiles of teens who have launched groups engaged with the issue and organized letter-writing campaigns and rallies.
According to gun control activist Shannon Watts, activism is a family affair. In Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World (HarperCollins, June), Watts—who also wrote the foreword to Enough Is Enough—recounts how, after Sandy Hook, she founded Moms Demand Action. Its members lobby lawmakers on gun control legislation and also work to elect candidates who support their cause—and some have run for office themselves. Watts suggests that mothers in particular use their skills—such as multitasking and giving orders—to become activists. “If the 80 million moms in this country come together, they can put an end to gun violence,” she writes." - The War of Words Over Guns [Publishers Weekly | Feb 22, 2019]
*National print, review, radio, and online campaign to parenting media
*National online campaign to student and youth media
*Outreach to educator/librarian/parent organizations
*Outreach with Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety as well as other gun safety organizations
*Cross-promotion with author's website, blog, and social media channels
*Author events and appearances at local/regional trade shows