The children at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were running for their lives as a shooter was killing these innocents one bullet at a time. In response to this day of carnage and hell, these teens have decided to rise up and say we, “March For Our Lives.”
The usual response after a mass shooting is the mantra, “Let’s all pray and donate to a fund for the victims, their families, the first responders, the police, and hospital personnel.” Then, like a duck shaking water off it’s back, we move on to the next shooting and repeat the same devastating experience and mantra again and again.
Not this time! These magnificent students have emerged from this horror with great courage and moral outrage. They say enough is enough. They are not going to return to “normal” and head back to class while waiting for this hell to ascend on another school. These students immediately organized, formed leadership, set an agenda, defined goals, and executed their plan.
This is a new day. These young, brave kids need each of us to stand beside and behind them now. I agree with Oprah Winfrey’s tweet as she said, “These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.”
We desperately need mental health reforms in schools and in our communities. Each of us needs to speak up when we know someone who is going off the rails. I believe there is no place for assault weapons in our civilized society except for the military and police. You can own a gun but not an assault weapon that slaughters hundreds in minutes. It is a free country so I know there is nothing I can do about these violent video games except to plead with parents and caregivers not to allow this violence in their homes that seeps into our society.
Let’s all join together as never before. We are not poor pathetic sheep. We elected all of these people in our legislatures and we can vote them out. It is their job to protect us and our children.Tags: dr. kathleen hall, gun violence, march for our lives, mindful living, school shootings