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Nick Joseph

Nick Joseph of Parkland, Florida, lost 17 of his peers and faculty to gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, including his best friend, Joaquin Oliver. On that day, after lunch, Nick walked Joaquin to the door of the classroom where he would die. They hugged, said “I love you,” then parted ways before a gunman opened fire during the last period of the school day.The tragic events have mobilized him to work to change gun laws. “I understand your condolences, but the condolences aren't gonna really help until there's actually a change,” he says. “Those people that are in office, they can't relate to what we're going through. If [lawmakers] are against us, then we’re gonna get them out of there.”