Thursday April 12, 2018
Efforts against gun violence send powerful message.
My husband and I attended the March for Our Lives in Reading on March 24. Though we have only lived in Berks County 2½ years, we were so impressed by the eloquence, passion and poise of the young speakers. They are treasures of the community.
Later we watched some of the march in Washington and again were left in awe by the young speakers. Imagine my dismay when I heard the response from the National Rifle Association that the students were pawns of some leftist group and that someone else had written their speeches. It proves the NRA is running scared.
What has made this shooting and response so different? All these kids were born after the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. They have lived all their lives with this fear hanging over them. We shouldn't call them children, for their childhood ended on Feb. 14. They are young adults who have found the courage and power to speak out. Many soon will be voting for the first time and have reminded us all of the power of the ballot over the bullet.
If not now, when? If not who, them. They were there, and we weren't. Let them take the lead on this one, and we will follow. Stand up, walk out, speak out and vote out politicians bought and paid for by the NRA.
We will no longer be held hostage by the NRA — not all members of the organization, but those who run it.
Student protesters are truly inspiring