Except I fear that if Sandy Hook didn՚t get something to change, then nothing possibly can. Not to take anything away from the most recent tragedy (apparently we have to become god damn comparitive measurers of grief and pain, as if we were Olympic judges or something) but if 20 dead elementary school children didn՚t move the institutions of governance to action, what possibly could?This was sent to me, a screenshot from Facebook. He deserves to have his post shared. It's literally the least we can do for him. pic.twitter.com/wAIIjohGXs— PebblesJ (@MadisonJourdan) February 16, 2018
Oddly, 17 high school students maybe can – precisely because of their age and agency. Not the dead ones, of course, but their friends and peers can speak out, something that was not the case for Sandy Hook:
Watch this VERY powerful speech at the #NeverAgain rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by Stoneman Douglas High School Student Emma Gonzales. Just amazing! #Parkland https://t.co/NAyxJj2hCe— Shannon Fisher (@MsShannonFisher) February 17, 2018
So yes I can see this playing out differently. Dead elementary school students produced a lot of hand-wringing and crocodile tears, dead adolescents might actually produce a force for change. I hope so.
It is stunning to me that we abdicated our responsibility to protect our children from guns for SO LONG, that those children are now growing into voters who are saying "Screw it. We'll fix it ourselves."— William Salyers (@wlsalyers) February 18, 2018