Just over a month ago, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, shook the nation once again. Hundreds of schools participated in a nationwide walkout to protest gun violence and guns in schools. And this new generation has put their intentions on blast by showing up on the cover of Time Magazine and making it known that they have had enough.
These kids are not afraid to speak out. They have had enough and are telling our leaders and the world that things need to change. The featured article in Time is giving students from the Parkland, Florida, shooting a chance to say exactly what they are thinking.
One of the founders of the #neveragain movement, 11th grader Cameron Kasky, told Time:
The adults know that we’re cleaning up their mess. It’s like they’re saying, ‘I’m sorry I made this mess,' while continuing to spill soda on the floor.
Did not happen in parents generation. This is a social phenomena.— VIPHealthyPets (@VIPHealthyPets) March 22, 2018
They are not afraid of politicians or the work it's going to take to change minds as well as gun policies.
Student David Hogg says:
We’re going to show these politicians that we’re coming for them.
Agreed!! I’m so looking forward to watching them change our country!!— ShandiGreen (@MissShandi) March 22, 2018
Cameron Kasky made another bold statement in the article:
The world failed us and we’re here to make a new one that’s going to be easier on the next generation. If you’re against that, then get out.
Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, tells Time:
This youth movement is unprecedented. What’s different here is that the children who are impacted are older, and they are able to give voice in a way that could not happen before.
They already have. Biggest gun reform in Florida was passed by a gov w A rating from NRA because of these young people. They're organized, articulate and have a very solid plan. Just watch them.— MomsThoughts™ (@MomsThoughts) March 22, 2018
Even with all the power, faith, and hope the kids have harnessed, many people oppose their mission.
Some people simply don't believe they can affect significant change:
As always, what particular value do these kids bring to the question beyond parroting the same old gun-control agenda spoon-fed to them by the same old anti-gun liberals?— Daniel Lee (@RealDanLee) March 22, 2018
None. It was a horrible day. These children have been used. And this creeps me out. they are the new thoughts and prayers.— Moot Mouse (@NoodleChomp) March 22, 2018
Despite the opposition, the gun violence resistance has a new voice and they are just as likely as anyone to make changes:
They're helping organize a generation of voters. Your outdated generation is about to become insignificant and overwhelmed with forward-thinking young people. Congrats, you're obsolete.— Caleb Cosper (@CosperClick) March 22, 2018
Their convictions to make their community and our country better for them and the future generations— Citizen4Democracy (@4NextGenofUSA) March 22, 2018
Take your blinders off and truly listen to these brave and intelligent young people. They are unswayable by agitators and critics. You’ll learn something.
The new generation has spoken and is conjuring change. Support them and cheer them on for peace!