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BetterPod: Ariel Hobbs on March for Our Lives and the fight against gun violence in the US

The US faces an “epidemic of gun violence”, says March For Our Lives activist Ariel Hobbs. She tells BetterPod that young people want change, and they’re going to make it happen.

There have already been more than 300 mass shootings this year in the United States. On May 24 this year, the world was shocked by a mass shooting in Uvalde in Texas. It left 19 children and two teachers dead. Since then, there have been over a hundred additional mass shootings.

It is in an “epidemic of gun violence”, according to Texan campaigner Ariel Hobbs. At just 24, Ariel is a veteran organiser. She’s the programme coordinator at March for Our Lives, the grassroots, youth-led organisation that has organised mass protest against gun violence across the USA.

She joins us on BetterPod this week to talk about the trauma experienced by her generation – and how they’re fighting back.

BetterPod is brought to you by The Big Issue’s Future Generations team. Through the Future Generations team, we offer a platform for exciting young journalists from underrepresented backgrounds to address the biggest issues facing us today.

This is the eighth episode of BetterPod. Catch up with the conversations you’ve missed here.

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