Today is President’s Day. Presidents certainly should be leaders, but leadership can come in many forms, and often surfaces at the most challenging times.
Emma Gonzalez is a courageous young leader, who has had to deal with things no teenager should have to deal with. She is a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and she found the strength to give this speech just a few days after a teenager with an AR-15 murdered at least 17 of her classmates and teachers. Take a few minutes today and watch it. I promise you, it is worth your time.
The time for excuses and arguments is over. Mass shootings happen in this country and nowhere else in the developed world because of our gun laws, period. To anyone who would cast the blame on the students or the school instead of the glaringly obvious problem that this teenager purchased a semi-automatic weapon legally, please know that I’m joining Emma in calling BS.
The time for action is now. I urge you today to follow Emma’s lead and get involved in fighting for the changes we need to make sure that Marjory Stoneman Douglas isn’t just the latest mass shooting in America, but the last one. If you’d like to know how to get started, just send me a message.
If you’re interested, these students are also organizing the “March For Our Lives” on Washington next month (3/24) to put the kind of pressure on NRA-backed politicians that they can’t ignore. Look at the fire in the eyes of student survivors like Emma, and then try to tell me that the cowards in Congress stand a chance.