Several survivors of the Parkland FL shooting are calling for a national march on March 24 to demand action from lawmakers. I applaud these kids. To have such presence at age 16 and to have the courage to speak out and the willingness and leadership to organize a massive undertaking like this leaves me more hopeful for the future. But I also can’t help but feel that we have failed our children. We have been unable to make them feel safe in our world which, I believe is an important role of a parent. Their need to to take action is a condemnation of the adults in this country and our inability to rise above partisan politics and do something about this senseless killing. I for one am feeling depressed and guilty this weekend. I have the deepest respect and admiration for these kids and nothing but disgust and loathing but those who keep standing in the way of taking action. And I guess there’s some self-loathing as well, but I…we…should have done better. All this crap about when life begins occupies so much time and energy and what does it matter if we’re not going to respect those lives and nurture them and protect them and give them opportunities to learn and grow in a safe place? We’ve failed our children. Here are links that provide background info.
Matt - sorry for not using the etherpad but I just couldn’t hold back on this until tomorrow; it’s deeply affecting me and this is a safe community in which to express myself and share information.
Thank you for that!