Gun safety and anti-gun-violence advocate Lucas Gorelick has been making a huge difference in the lives of people by being actively involved in Students Demand Action, a gun sense organization that pushes for more background checks and more responsible ownership of firearms. At only 16 years old, he was named president of the Nevada field office as a result of his passionate campaign against gun violence. Many young people his age do not engage in such initiatives and many especially avoid getting politically involved, but he knows that doing so means he gets an opportunity to push important advocacies that can impact generations positively.
Lucas Gorelick was only 14 years old when he first got politically involved. He found himself understanding the intricate ways of politics when he started as a fellow for the Biden for President Team after Biden himself came to his house. The time he spent helping out in the Biden campaign proved to be a very life-changing experience for him as he rubbed elbows with some well-known names in the political arena, including former secretary of housing and urban development Julian Castro.
Apart from supporting the Biden campaign, he also volunteered for other political candidates, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, who both ran for senatorial positions. Today, Lucas is a campaign finance intern for Sen. Cortez Masto of Nevada. One of his major tasks as an intern is to do research on the best and most effective ways to raise funds for the campaign.
During his time campaigning for Biden as a fellow, Lucas Gorelick helped organize phone banks, host socially distanced activities, and cure ballots after the elections, among others. His experience both as a fellow and an intern helped shape his passion for pursuing greater things for communities. Additionally, he has proven that age is not a hindrance to becoming a powerful voice for a good cause.
“I have proved that age is nothing more than a number and doesn’t define your work ethic or skills,” the young advocate explained.
Having seen the many facets of politics throughout his journey as an intern and fellow, Lucas is all the more convinced that going to Washington D.C. someday when he finishes college is the most pragmatic direction for him, considering his work experience and inclinations. He believes that immersing himself fully in how the government is run will give him a bigger picture of other aspects of society that need immediate attention. Ultimately, he wants to do something that makes lives better.
“I’m motivated by wanting to grow a better future for myself, my country, and the generations to come. It would be irresponsible to leave our country unsolved with the current problems. Other than that, I want to take away the division that our country is facing,” Lucas added.
Young people can learn a lot from the experiences and advocacies of Lucas Gorelick and why he chooses to immerse himself fully in them. By inspiring young people his age to step out of their comfort zones and initiate the change they want to see in the world today, then the planet would really be worth passing on to the next generation someday.