Protests were held on Friday at Publix locations against the company's support of political candidates endorsed by the National Rifle Association who oppose gun reform. The demonstrations were largely organized by student activists who survived the Parkland school shooting on Feb. 14.
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Since the Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland school, students have turned into activists in efforts to enact gun reform to reduce gun violence and enhance school safety as part of the #NeverAgain movement.
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Activists on Friday performed a "die-in" protest in which participants laid down on the floor at a Publix to symbolize the dead bodies of gun violence victims.
The demonstration was held in part against the National Rifle Association, which opposes the activists' goals to enact gun reform.
Despite the "die-in," some Publix customers continued to carry on with their shopping.
Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg has his body outlined in chalk as a symbolic protest against the Publix supermarket chain.
The "die-in" on Friday is against Publix's donations to politicians endorsed by the National Rifle Association or those not supportive of the gun control movement.
So far in 2018, there have been 23 school shootings – an average of more than one a week.
The phrase "How many more?" written in chalk meant by protesters to question how many more shootings need to occur and how many more victims need to die before action is taken to prevent such tragedies.
The controversy began when it was revealed that Publix donated to conservative gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, who the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign label as pro-NRA and anti-LGBTQ due to his voting record.
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In a statement, Publix said it regrets that "some of our political contributions have led to an unintentional customer divide," adding it wanted to "support a growing economy in Florida' in its donations.
“This is what they do. They’re trying to clean up the mess so that no one ever acknowledges what they are doing,” David Hogg said in reference to a crew that cleaned away the symbolic protest sketched on the asphalt.
David Hogg, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who survived the Feb. 14 shooting in which 17 died, helped organize the"die-in" at Publix locations.
Seventeen chalk outlines were displayed on the parking lot of a Publix in South Florida, meant to reference the 17 lives lost in the Parkland school shooting.
A school shooting occurred on Friday in Indiana in which two people were injured. On May 18, 10 people were killed at another school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.