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The "March for Our Lives" calling for stricter gun laws is a great first step action planned by the survivors and heroes of the recent Parkland massacre. The concept is beyond powerful. "Kids"/students standing up and directly calling out lawmakers and politicians who are accepting money from the NRA, and, in turn, doing nothing to make safer our schools, communities, and nation as a whole.

One student in particular, Emma Gonzalez, seems to be one of the main undeclared spokespeople for a lot of this movement. She is an absolutely brilliant young speaker, with utmost courage and vulnerability when she directs the crowd with her brutal honesty and raw emotion. You have probably seen clips, if not all, of her speaking to the NRA and Trump where she "calls BS" on their "thoughts and prayers." Watch her incredibly moving speech below:

 

A powerful quote from another survivor:

At the end of the day, this isn’t a red and blue thing. This isn’t Democrats or Republicans. This is about everybody and how we are begging for our lives. We need to make real change here and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
— http://people.com/crime/march-for-our-lives-march-24-teen-survivors-florida-school-shooting/

What's different about Parkland is that this conversation has not stopped. It's just gotten stronger and louder with the week passing. The topic of common sense gun laws is top of mind for most all of the nation. And this conversation is moving, because of the students themselves. That's the difference.

They've watched enough of this violence in other communities and when it came to Parkland, they said not one more. Something needs to change, it has needed to change for a while, and since it hasn't changed, we (the students) are going to force it to. These students are true leaders with such an admirable amount of drive and courage.

I am deeply saddened by the past. But I am truly hopeful for the future. I feel that we can make change, with students leading this MUCH NEEDED motion towards common sense gun laws.

kk