In a matter of days, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, who had just suffered a devastating trauma, changed our country.
Children, in days, were able to affect change which eluded us for decades.
There are real conversations about sensible gun control happening on every level.
The minimum age to buy guns is raising to 21 all over the place.
Young adults made this happen.
We didn’t see change like this after Sandy Hook. We didn’t see it after Las Vegas or Orlando. We didn’t do shit.
Then, 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida.
The survivors, who have been through a trauma most of us will never be able to comprehend, said enough. They said no.
They aren’t begging for their lives, they are demanding their lives be protected.
If these students hadn’t put their foot down, then we would have been horrified for a few days or a week and gone back to waiting for the next one. Waiting to hear more news of bullets ripping through the flesh of our children.
We put this burden on the shoulders of children and young adults.
As adults, we failed our children and now they have to take up a cause and engage in a literal bloody battle before they’re old enough to buy a beer.
I am ashamed and sad we’ve let it come to students being forced to take the lead.
Conversely, I am grateful for these amazing, brave and passionate humans.
I am grateful for Emma Gonzales and David Hogg and all their classmates who have started a movement growing at an astonishing rate. Thank the stars for these students. I have more hope than I’ve had since that horrible night in November of 2016.
We owe these survivors a debt of gratitude.
Even more, we owe them our support.
March with them when you can. Support candidates who support sensible gun control. Register to vote. Encourage others to register to vote. These young adults are literally fighting for their lives. We must support them.
I’ve read so many opinions about what these students are doing. How they are too young or traumatized to have an opinion.
These students have been mocked and discounted. These students and their families have received multiple death threats.
When I say we adults let our youth down, that is a goddamn understatement.
Here’s the thing about all our opinions regarding the marches and walking out of school: our opinions don’t matter. These survivors aren’t asking for our goddamn permission.
We must support them. Not just because it is the right thing to do, but don’t forget that one day these activists will be taking care of us and if we don’t give them the support and care and consideration they deserve, then we are going to get exactly what we deserve.
Hundreds of people have died by guns since the Parkland shooting. Hundreds more will die. Probably, thousands.
I believe these students are going to continue to change our country and continue to make a difference.
I will be with them every step.
Oh, and anyone who denigrates, threatens, or mocks these bad ass students? You realize you’re a piece of shit asshole, right?
Please consider marching or donating to March For Our Lives.