I’ve been unable to write about the school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Words fail me. I’m sad and angry to see yet another senseless act that deliberately targets innocent lives. The absolute raw horror. It’s become almost epidemic. And yet politicians, mostly Republicans it must be said, don’t even want to talk about it. Too soon they say. But they never do. And they refuse to do something, anything, to curtail these senseless killings. The opposite in fact. They have removed barriers so that almost anyone can buy a gun. By doing nothing, except for pressing the replay button and sending their prerecorded ‘thoughts and prayers’ message every time one of these mass murders happens to make national news, they are complicit in each life lost and life forever injured.
It will be America’s young people that will fix this. It’s a cliche to say the future belongs to them, but it does. I thought it might take a generation. But after seeing the videos of Emma Gonzalez (below) and other young people that survived the indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I’m hopeful it will happen sooner.
Here’s the speech from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez at an anti-gun rally happening today in Fort Lauderdale https://t.co/CyfMnPDAvW // https://t.co/hgewZy4Cxf https://t.co/gssAmGczuH
— Joshua Chavers (@JoshuaChavers) February 17, 2018
In December 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children, six adults, and himself. Since then, there have been at least 1,607 mass shootings, with at least 1,846 people killed and 6,459 wounded.
The Sandy Hook tragedy was only 5 years and 2 months ago.