The tragic events of high school shooting in Parkland, Florida a few weeks ago were an eye-opener for many people that gun control reform needs to happen immediately. The shooter should not have been able to purchase a gun and yet he did. It should be noted that some, including our President, have suggested more guns be placed in schools, and Florida's governor is expected to pass a bill that will have a program to arm teachers and they get a whopping $500 bonus for it.
Students are protesting, they want less guns in schools. They do not feel safe. And the promoters of Southern Florida's largest rock festival, Danny Wimmer Presents Fort Rock Fest, is standing with the students and offering some motivation.
The festival announced it would be offering 50% off discounts to weekend passes for students who sign this Change.org petition, "Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won't." The press release announcing the discount reads:
To support initiatives for school safety and create awareness for efforts to promote change, the producers are offering 50% off the price of Monster Energy Fort Rock General Admission weekend tickets for those who sign the “Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won't” petition created by high school student Julia Kemple of Kalamazoo, Michigan—and signed by 200,000+ people across the nation–in response to the Florida shootings.
Those who would like to utilize the 50% off ticket promotion simply need to send a screenshot of their signed petition or forward their confirmation email to email@example.com. The promotion is available through April 1, 2018, while supplies last.
The 6th annual Monster Energy Fort Rock–South Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience–features rock’s top artists performing on two stages, including: Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm and many more.
Corey Taylor, who is playing the festival with Stone Sour expressed his support for the initiative:
“I’m absolutely behind this movement. Not only the name itself, but the reason and the cause. As a father, my one concern is my children. The fact that no one is doing anything worthwhile to change the horrendous laws and circumstances around these shootings is unacceptable. So if the adults can’t extricate themselves from the politics that are keeping them from ACTUALLY making a difference, I support the generation who will."
Halestorm collectively also offered this message of support:
“To all the students that have been affected by gun violence, and to students everywhere, YOU are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Our future is what YOU make it and the path is yours to blaze. YOU are the fire! We are proud to stand by you as we push to make this planet a better place. Love, Lzzy, Arejay, Joe and Josh of Halestorm.”
We think it's pretty bold of the festival to take such a declarative stance on the issue and support it.