The six month anniversary of the Newtown massacre is upon us , and while it will most likely pass with a few reflections in the media and a brief re-igniting of the debate, some youth are determined to stay focused on the issue.
Sarah Clements is a junior at Newtown High School and was only a few block away from Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14th, the day of the tragedy. Her mother taught at Sandy Hook Elementary, and luckily was able to escape injury.
Clements said that she decided to form the Junior Newtown Alliance, a group of young people from the area who advocate for stronger gun laws. They’ve conducted letter-writing campaigns and made numerous appearances in the media, explaining why gun violence is just as urgent an issue for youth as well as adults.
The group made an appearance in Washington D.C. this week to mark the six-month anniversary of Sandy Hook, meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Afterwards, they sat down with Think Progress for an interview.
Watch an excerpt from the interview in the video below.