The young people of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are to be applauded for doing what we adults should have done. Our children are being killed in their schoolrooms. Children go to school each day knowing they are not safe. Knowing that a crazed predator with an assault rifle could mow them down like sitting ducks. People attend concerts, go to airports, walk city streets and can’t help but think of those who have been senselessly killed by someone with an assault rifle. We were all being desensitized, until these kids stood up.
Enough is enough. Why must the choice be all or nothing? I am a strong believer in preserving individual rights, but the reason we have laws and the rule of law is to do just that. There must be a solution to this intolerable state we are in today. Children should be children – they have been asked to face the horror of watching their classmates shot down before them – they have been ask to grow up too soon.
Let’s take action to protect our children and make our schools a safe place for children to learn and grow in peace.