Communities have been left devastated and lives have been lost in the wave of the latest mass shootings to rock the U.S. Gun reform is as hot of a topic as ever, and now students from Columbine High School have created a powerful hashtag campaign called #mylastshot. The harrowing initiative involves a sticker which can be placed on the back of a phone, ID or drivers license that reads "In the event that I die from gun violence, please publicize the photo of my death. #Mylastshot. Signed, ____."
According to the Huffington Post, one of the masterminds behind the idea is Kaylee Tyner, a recent Columbine graduate. Although Tyner wasn't yet born when two students entered the school and shot dead 13 students in 1999, she says the after-effects are still felt to this day. "Some days, it was all I could think about, especially when there was a school shooting in a different part of the country," Tyner explained. Although some aspects of high-school life were just as you'd expect, it was often difficult to walk through the halls and know the horrors that unfolded there at the hands of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
Tyner and her comrades hope that #mylastshot will help those in charge sit up and take notice. Fellow founder Emmy Adams says it's their way of showing leaders that the youth of America are dying because of the inaction. Although the protest program is still in relatively early stages, it's already gaining traction.
“In the event that I die from gun violence please publicize the photo of my death. #MyLastShot”— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 29, 2019
A high schooler showed me this sticker on her phone. I’m not in this to stand up to the @nra, I’m in it to knock them out of the ring. #EndGunViolence pic.twitter.com/PyatVKfgrw
#Mylastshot comes on the back of three deadly shootings within the space of a week at the tail end of July and early August. First, three victims including two children were fatally shot at the Gilroy Garlic Festival when an assailant opened fire. The following Saturday, shoppers in El Paso, Texas were browsing the aisles of Walmart when another gunman attacked. The next day, Dayton, Ohio residents were left distraught when 9 partygoers were slain by Connor Betts, who also killed his own sister in the process.
Presidential hopefull Republican Eric Swalwell caught wind of the initiative, tweeting out a picture stuck to the back of a teen's phone. "I'm not in this to stand up to the @nra," he wrote. "I'm in it to knock them out of the ring."