Faith Campbell, Class of 2020, has been passionate about gun control for a long time, but after watching the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida speak out against gun violence and call on their lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws, Faith put her views into action.
“We need to keep the pressure on,” Faith said.
Stoneman Douglas was the site of a mass shooting in February that left 17 people dead and even more injured. Faith said she doesn’t want to see it happen again. She is calling on the Parker community and students across San Diego County to write letters to their representatives in Congress voicing their support for gun reform. During Parker’s spring break next week, Faith plans to travel to Washington, D.C. with letters in hand to deliver them to members of Congress.
“We want to let Congress know that there needs to be some kind of reform to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again,” said Faith. “We need to keep the pressure on. There are tons of kids who feel this way.”
Faith already has an appointment with Congresswoman Susan Davis, who represents California’s 53rd District in the House of Representatives. The 53rd District serves a large portion of San Diego, stretching from the I-5 east to El Cajon and south to Chula Vista.
Like the student activists in Parkland, Faith is ready to take her position to Washington and speak one-on-one with her representative.
“I’ve talked about this issue a lot now and I’m comfortable talking about it,” she said.
Faith was featured on Channel 10 News earlier this week speaking about her letter writing campaign and calling for more students to send in their letters to bring to Washington. But Faith said it’s not about how many letters she receives, just about putting the pressure on lawmakers to spur change.
This isn’t the first time Faith has inspired her fellow classmates to get active in the name of gun law reform. She led the charge on March 14 during the National School Walkout, in which students across the country walked out of class and held 17 minutes of silence to honor those lives lost in the Parkland shooting and to apply pressure on lawmakers. She also called on her classmates to join her at the March for Our Lives rally, held March 24 in San Diego and in cities across the nation.
Faith also stepped up after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Houston, Texas area in August 2017, helping to collect roughly 28,000 cans of food and bottles of water to send to the Houston Food Bank.
If you’d like to write a letter to Congress for Faith to hand deliver in Washington, D.C. next week, you can email it to Kevin Dunn, Director of Community Engagement, or drop it off at his office by the end of the school day on Friday, April 13.
We want to let Congress know that there needs to be some kind of reform to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.Faith Campbell, Class of 2020