Join the March for Our Lives event in Washington D.C. on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
The outburst of anger following the Valentine’s Day 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDHS) in Parkland, Florida was swift, stark, and startling in its ferocity and eloquence.
Several students spoke out, on the spot and on social media, against a political culture that lets the whims of the National Rifle Association (NRA) take precedence over enacting common-sense gun safety laws that could have prevented the attack or at least reduced the effectiveness of the weapon the shooter used.
One of the many protest events arising from the Parkland shooting is March for Our Lives, planned by MSDHS students for Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
The event’s mission statement states its focus as prompting Congress to write and pass bills that improve gun safety:
“School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.”
Sister marches in other locations around America are in the works. See the full (evolving) list on the March For Our Lives Facebook page:
If you can’t physically attend the D.C. event or one in your area, please spend some time on March 24 following and boosting the #MarchForOurLives hashtag on social media.
Also, you can donate to the GoFundMe for the D.C. march. As of February 24, 2018, it had reached $2.3 million of its then-stated $2.8 million goal. (The goal has been met several times and increased several times; we at OTYCD are betting the GoFundMe will still be live by the time this posts.)
And you can also show support by buying Merch for the March from the #MarchForOurLives store. The proceeds will underwrite the event:
See the march’s home page:
See its mission statement:
Read a CNN op-ed by Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and one of the organizers of the march:
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A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.
The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest restraint on ownership of guns in America.
That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.
So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.
We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.
We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.
OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.
We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.
If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.
Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.
#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.