Sunday, February 18, 2018

Change must come.

Holy shit, these kids are on fire. 

Cameron Kasky: 'There is a segment of this society that will shrug this off and send their thoughts and prayers, but march for hours over a rainbow wedding cake.'

Emma Gonzales: "We are going to be the last mass shooting. We are going to change the law. That's going to be Marjory Stoneman Douglas in that textbook, and it's all going to be due to the tireless efforts of the school board, the faculty members, the family members and most importantly the students."

Carly Novell in response to a paid agitator for right-wing media called Tomi Lahren who makes money by saying offensive and outrageous things. She's sort of like a much younger version of Katie Hopkins, but less educated.

Said Carly: 'I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours. It was about guns. You weren't there, you don't know how it felt. Guns give these disgusting people the ability to kill other human beings. This IS about guns and this is about all the people who had their life abruptly ended because of guns.'

David Hogg: 'It's a midterm year and it's time to take action. I don't care if you're a Democrat. I don't care if you're a Republican. Stand up for what you believe in.'  

Listening to some of the reporting on Stoneman Douglas, I'm startled to learn how well prepared these kids were for an armed gunman to show up to campus. They drilled extensively for this day, and, guess what, it didn't do squat. According to some, Stoneman Douglas was one of the most prepared schools in the school district. They had an armed guard on premises, only one point of entry for students to access campus grounds, etc.
And yet, and yet...

These students see this horrific moment as a catalyst for change. I'm hopeful, I'm inspired.

Now is the time to talk about gun reform. Now is the time to act. A majority of Americans are in favor of gun law reform. These poor students will soon be of voting age, and they clearly know what to do: vote out of office those politicians lining their coffers with NRA blood money.





8 comments:

  1. One of them mentioned the $20 million Trump had received from the NRA for his election fund. He cannot afford to back down. He is blaming the FBI for spending too much time checking his links to Putin and disregarding tip-offs about the shooter. You can only insult the FBI for a limited amount of time...

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    1. His repeated insults surely don't sit well with the FBI. I think the figure quoted was even higher in some of the publications I've read. It's disgusting.

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  2. I am hoping this younger generation can stop it. I read today that Joe Biden is thinking about running for Prez. Jeez. Though he'd be good, if anything was learned from the last election, the old guard of professional politicians is dead. We have to get good young ones to lead.

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    1. Biden should not run. (He should take up knitting. Ha.) I've been impressed with folk like Randy Bryce in WI running for Ryan's seat. Connor Lamb, Laura Moser...
      Progressive, thoughtful people who might be able to do some good for the the 99%.

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  3. I love what these kids are doing. Maybe this'll be the thing that finally pushes the change that has needed to happen for so long.

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    1. The kids are poised to be the agents of change. I'm hopeful.

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  4. I think we're all in this together. Those kids are the infantry; they cannot vote in November. Like women marching a year ago January, the youngsters are a great impetus, a swelling of the ranks. It will take a lot of us to overturn and straighten out the damage.

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    1. Certainly, we are. I'm hopeful that the ever growing number of survivors of these school shootings will be the greatest agents for change.

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