Thumbs Up — March For Our Lives!

On Saturday over 800 March For Our Lives events, organized by young people, took place around the globe, from New York to Dallas to Seattle, but also in London, Tokyo, Sydney and Mumbai!  This was not some minor protest that will be forgotten by next week.  Nope, folks, this was a BIG DEAL.  These young people had a message and they sent it loud and clear:  It’s time to stop the gun madness in the U.S. – NOW!!!  I support them 100%, and I am so very proud of anyone and everyone who marched, helped organize or contributed in any way to these events.

Think how amazing this is.  The students who survived the February 14th tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, organized the rally in Washington, D.C. and from there, others picked up the baton and ran with it.  This map shows where rallies and marches were held throughout the U.S.map-1

map-2The crowds at the event in Washington were initially estimated to be around 500,000, but by most estimates on Saturday were closer to 800,000!  (Not to be smug, but the inaugural crowds last year were in the ballpark of only 600,000)  I couldn’t have said it any better than President Barack Obama …“This was all because of the courage and effort of a handful of 15- and 16-year-olds, who took the responsibility that so often adults had failed to take in trying to find a solution to this problem, and I think that’s a testimony to what happens when young people are given opportunities, and I think all institutions have to think about how do we tap into that creativity and that energy and that drive. Because it’s there. It’s just so often we say: ‘Wait your turn.’”And make no mistake … there have been many fools who tried to tell these young people to “wait your turn”, and they brushed those naysayers aside and went on to do what their hearts and minds told them to do.  I cannot possibly do justice to all the special moments, but here are a few:

  • Nine-year-old Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of the late, great Martin Luther King, gave a short but moving speech:
    • “My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character. I have a dream that enough is enough and that this should be a gun free world. Period.”
  • George and Amal Clooney donated $500,000 for the Washington event and marched alongside demonstrators, as did Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and other celebrities too numerous to name.
  • U.S. Representative and Civil Rights hero John Lewis gave an impassioned speech where he said he was proud of the “F” rating he has from the NRA.

But by far the stars of the show were the speeches by the survivors of the Parkland tragedy and the signs!  Take a look at some of these signs, folks!Rally Held In Parkland, Florida Calling For Increased Gun Safety Laws Ahead Of Weekend's National Marchessignage-3signage-4And then there was Emma González’ moment of silence.  Actually, about six minutes and 20 seconds of silence, the amount of time it took for the Parkland gunman to complete his rampage and flee the school.

A student survivor of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting last month held several minutes of silence Saturday at the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C., to honor the 17 students and faculty killed in the shooting. Taking the stage mid-afternoon after several other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors spoke, Emma González remained silent for six minutes before explaining it was the approximate time it took for the Parkland gunman to complete his rampage and flee the school.

“Six minutes and about 20 seconds. In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured, and everyone, absolutely everyone in the Douglas community was forever altered. Fight for your lives, before it’s someone else’s job.”

These young people are the next generation.  They are the ones who will lead this nation 20, 30 or 40 years from now, perhaps even sooner.  Let us hope that they do not become jaded, that they keep their strong humanitarian values, that they effect the change our own generation is too consumed by greed and materialistic ‘values’ to do.  My thumbs, all of them, are up to these young people!  Thank you all!

Meanwhile, my thumbs go down 👎🏼 to the following:

  • Former republican senator Rick Santorum, who said, “How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations [so] that when there is a violent shooter, that you can actually respond to that?”  (They should learn CPR so that next time their friends are shot, they can keep them breathing???)
  • The National Rifle Association (NRA) who posted on Facebook: “Stand and Fight for our Kids’ Safety by Joining NRA. Today’s protests aren’t spontaneous. Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment and strip us of our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones.”  (So much stupidity that there really is no response for this!)
  • Whomever doctored this image to make it look as if Emma González were ripping the U.S. Constitution in half, when in fact she was ripping a gun-range target. The image went viral on social media, firing up the already witless staunch defenders of the second amendment.

emma gonzales - doctored tweetSemper Fidelis, young people.

51 thoughts on “Thumbs Up — March For Our Lives!

  1. Amazing to see all those young activists organized to make a difference and I truly hope this movement continues to grow to the point that Congress can no longer shirk it’s duty to act and put common sense gun legislation in place for the USA. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thank you so much, Henry … and Welcome!!! Yes, these young people are amazing and so inspirational! I do hope this movement gains momentum and signals the beginning of the end for the NRA — an organization that has entirely too much power in our government. By the way … I took a quick peek at your blog, and liked what I saw there … a lot! We are on the same page, I believe!

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  2. Dear Jill,
    This was an awesome event to watch. There were tears but they were nixed with hope, love. I am thrilled that the right is not getting away with squat in trying to put down this young leaders like Emma Gonzales. I was just so overjoyed watching these kids give support to each other. This was a great day.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, these young people are so inspiring! And they are out there doing what all of us should have been doing long since! I hope this is a movement that gains momentum and finally relegates the NRA to the annals of history!

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  3. Jill, I am also very impressed with these teens and kids. What also emboldened my belief that they are a force to be reckoned with is thousands were signed up for voting. That is where this voice will be the loudest.

    The NRA could have chosen to be a leader many moons ago and promoted universal background checks, elongated waiting periods and measurement. Instead, they painted anyone with gun governance ideas as anti- second amendment.

    Let’s stand with these young voices. Keith

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    • Agreed! I don’t think voter apathy will be a problem with these young people … they are mad and they are determined! I love it! Indeed, let us stand with these young voices, and let us all do our part in November! Out with the NRA sycophants and in with some new blood who will listen to these voices.

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  4. I watched Emma Gonzalez’ silence and cried along with her. I hope to live long enough to see that young woman become President of the United States and a stateswoman of the world. I also loved
    ‘You can’t fix stupid but you can vote it out’.
    Haven’t felt this hopeful since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ending of Appartheid.

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  5. As you know Jill, I’m behind these young people all the way and humbled by what they have achieved. Let’s hope the crass behaviour of the NRA (I could use worse words) comes back to bite them – they deserve it. As my bro-in-law, who served in Vietnam with the infantry said, he’s seen the use of assault weapons – they should never be used in a civilised society. Anyone who justifies their ownership is beyond words.

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    • Yes, I know you and I share the same views on this. I am so inspired by these kids … they watched their friends, coaches and teachers killed without reason, without mercy, and they are mad! Good for them! I hope they can keep up the momentum, for while this was an inspiring weekend, the fight is far from over. To me, the assault weapon ban should be a no-brainer. Those weapons were developed for military use only, and there is no reason on earth why a civilian would need to own one. We have strayed a long way from the initial intent of the 2nd amendment!

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    • Thank you so much! Yes, they are pretty amazing kids and I’m encouraged to see their spirit, to see their determination! The appalling responses, I think, are borne of fear as the NRA and their ilk see that this time they cannot simply tell people to sit down and shut up. They are likely beginning to wonder about their future. Good enough!

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  6. Reblogged this on Opher's World and commented:
    This is an amazing report by Filospha of an amazing event. America’s youth has come alive! They have brought their passion and idealism to bear. The sixties spirit of rebellion is alive and well. Hopefully this is the start and the old guard, complacent politicians better sit up and take notice. The kids want action!!

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  7. This was amazing. I just hope it is the start of the politicisation of youth. We need people to be involved and active. We need that young energy, passion and idealism! Hopefully the sixties spirit of rebellion has come alive and this is just the start.

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  8. Am I reading the issue correctly, that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, did not address the march in Washington? For real? Love the sign “You can’t fix stupid but you can vote it out.”

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    • Mr. Trump was busy attending the business of a little white ball that he batted around with a club while these wonderful young people were standing up for us all. Mustn’t interrupt a game of golf now, right? That was my favourite sign also!!! It should become a national logo or motto!

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      • I believe these kids when they say they won’t stop until they achieve the change they’re after. I also heard that one of the girls on that team of five Parkland organizers is dropping out of school to devote all of her time to the cause. Her parents are backing her. Normally, I wouldn’t applaud that decision, but if she feels she needs to do this now, then I say to go for it. She’s young and can catch up on her schooling later.

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        • Wow! I hadn’t heard that, and I’m not sure how I would feel about it if it were my child, but … she is following her heart, and she has plenty of time yet to further her education. Sometimes life is the best teacher anyway. I am disgusted by those who are harassing the kids! Just shows their own insecurity and lack of integrity.

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  9. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    #NeverAgain … ‘ This was not some minor protest that will be forgotten by next week. Nope, folks, this was a BIG DEAL. These young people had a message and they sent it loud and clear: It’s time to stop the gun madness in the U.S. – NOW!!! I support them 100%.”

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  10. This march was an amazing show of real people, really opposed to violence and carrying firearms. It restores faith in humanity and sends a signal that the politicians and special interest groups like the NRA are losing the battle to keep people silent.

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    • Absolutely! I am hoping to see much more of this in the future! Their message is loud and clear, and it is obviously getting under the skin of the NRA and politicos, for why else would they be picking on 18-year-old kids?

      Good to see you!!! ❤

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