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Our Generation Will Not Stand for This

By Ashleigh Wilson on Monday February 19th, 2018

Florida Survivors Start 'March for Our Lives' Campaign

On Sunday morning, as US residents turned on their televisions over breakfast, they were met with powerful words from five survivors of last Wednesday’s deadly school shooting in Florida.

Speaking on networks across the country, and the world, these students revealed their plans to undertake the March for Our Lives campaign.

“Today I would like to announce that we have an event coming up to encourage the nation to talk about what we are talking about,” Cameron Kasky, 17, told CNN, as he sat with four of his fellow students.

March For Our Lives is going to be in every major city and we are organising it so that students everywhere can beg for our lives.

In Washington on March 24, the students will march, demanding that the safety of children becomes first priority. 

“We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around,” he stated bluntly.

The announcement comes a day after students, families and their supporters rallied for stricter gun laws to prevent any more deadly shootings.

Emma Gonzalez, who gave a powerful speech at the rally that echoed across social media and captured the internet’s heart, added to reporters:

We’re going to be facing this with trepidation and determination, and we have an incredible support system around us. We are going to be the difference.

David HoggDavid Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks at the rally. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake.

In a heart-felt piece of writing posted on CNN over the weekend, which has gone viral, Cameron wrote:

Though we made it home, 17 people didn’t. Those 17 people were murdered on the grounds of a school that has always felt like the safest place to be in a town that’s been called the safest town in Florida…

This time, my classmates and I are going to hold [the government] to account. This time we are going to pressure them to take action. This time we are going to force them to spend more energy protecting human lives than unborn fetuses.

As many of those in the older generations continue to sit back and ignore the ongoing tragedies, the youth are no longer staying quiet. Turning this tragedy into an opportunity for change, this campaign is just one of many student-led protests gaining momentum on social media in the wake of the attack.

“I’m just a high school student, and I do not pretend to have all of the answers. However, even in my position, I can see that there is desperate need for change,” Cameron told the world.

While some may think these kids cannot force the change needed, the power of youth should not be underestimated.

In 2016, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, who was just 16 years old, sued the US Government for their lack of action on climate change.

“I think one of the biggest steps that needs to be taken…is understanding the power that the younger generation has. To use a voice that hasn’t always been heard in our world, but, in a way, has always been one of the most powerful voices.” he said at the time.

Not every young person is a front line spokesperson, or an activist necessarily, but they have a voice.

Last week’s tragic attack was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012; and, hopefully, with the incredible youth of 2018 standing strong, it will be the last.

 

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6 Responses to Our Generation Will Not Stand for This

  1. Sad that people don’t see the big picture. Guns are threat to the deep state so they want to disarm the people. The shooter wasn’t stopped because it made people protest against guns.

    I don’t like guns either but those are the only protection against the psychopathic leaders their plan to unite all nations under their control. Those leaders need to be removed before we can get rid of the guns.

    Peace & Love

    • If America became tyrannical, your puny assault rifles won’t be able to stop the hellstorm that is a $600 billion military budget from the most powerful military nation on the planet.

      Tyrannical governments are a rare and unlikely occurrence, especially as we delve deeper into the modern era. Right now, the prevalence of so many weapons in our society is a real, and actually present issue.

  2. I am glad to see people are beginning to see the bigger picture! This fills me with such hope for the future! This poor kid was drugged and perhaps MK Ultra’d. “Hearing voices” could easily describe the VTS (voice to skull) technology that our Deep State possesses… this is fact. In order for their plans for us to solidify they need to take our guns away. Please educate yourselves and question everything. WAKE UP! FACT: Our government murders it’s own citizens to provoke responses and/or changes. The longer it takes the majority of you to SEE THE TRUTH, the longer these things will continue. LOVE FOR ALL … WE ARE ONE.

  3. I went to my city’s March 24, 2018 march against gun violence. Tears came to my eyes, once more. The students who organized our march were just as passionate as the students from Florida. “Not. One. More.”. We have say this daily and plan daily and march often and go to the centers where our politicians sit and repeat “not. one. more.”. CPR? OMG! arm teachers? more guns and more money for the NRA and more violence and more crazy sh__ and more marches to end the violence. As one speaker said on Saturday, March 24, 2018, “America can do anything it wants”. (Now I am adding my own words): send someone to the moon. Make super computers. Beautify our lands. Research cures for diseases and research our brain. Love animals. Solar power. Education. Nurses. mindfulness. yoga. Stop guns? What America cannot?

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