Much like the young people who gave momentum to the Civil Rights movement as Freedom Riders, much like those who questioned the government and protested the Vietnam War, now it is the youth who are finally piercing the hypocritical shield of politicians and getting attention on the epidemic of gun violence in our country.
The anguished pleas of teens who survived the Parkland, Florida mass shootings on Valentine’s Day that killed 14 classmates and three instructors are amplified on social media and gaining clear-eyed support from youth across the country.
They are planning marches on Washington, D.C., as well as New York City, Hartford and elsewhere on March 24. A nationwide walkout is being organized for March 14.
“We must do more to protect our children,” the president said, and he is absolutely right on that.
These are common sense measures to strengthen the existing systems, for which there should be no disagreement.
Now the expressed fury of surviving students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is sparking action by youth across the country and may finally force this country to face the truth about rampant gun violence - and do more to stop it.