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Students From Parkland High School Putting Pressure On Politicians With “March For Our Lives”

February 19, 2018

After a most dreadful week with the news of the slaughtering of high school students and teachers by a gunman with an assault weapon comes news from that tragedy which makes one have a ray of hope in the future.

You and I are most aware of what takes place after mass shootings.  I am not thinking of the funerals or the short biographies of the slain being shown on television or in newspapers.  Rather I am thinking of the pitiful responses from weak-kneed politicians who offer ‘thoughts and prayers’ to the grieving family, friends, and communities.

While there are those who continually press for sane gun control legislation following each wave of needless gun violence the pace of the nation and world events take over with fresh headlines and controversies.

And then Parkland happened.   The bodies were removed and the initial shock and horror passed and something new developed from the tragedy.  Teenagers stood up and said enough.

The fresh faces are speaking out with poise, clarity, facts, and hope about the reasons this nation must confront the gun lobby.  They paint a clear picture of the spineless twits who are bought and played by the NRA

I said to James as we talked about this over dinner this weekend something does feel a little different following this shooting.  With so many students from Parkland speaking out with passion and creating a national movement there might be reason for hope.   (As I posted yesterday history does show reason for hope with gun control legislation.)

The movement thus far has created March For Our Lives which is led led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.   There is already a huge swath of support which only grow as the message spreads.  Already this morning a cousin in Missouri reports that a local school is preparing to march locally on March 24, when the Parkland students and others will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority.

There are so many reasons to lose faith with government now in the hands of the Republicans, but as we have seen in the strong voices and sincere convictions of our nation’s future there is also ample reason for hope.  As a life-long optimist I opt for hope.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2018 4:33 PM

    James and I are going to be at our local march–but to be in Washington would be most energizing!

  2. February 19, 2018 3:57 PM

    Let’s go!

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