emma gonzalez

On February 14th, 2018, seventeen students and staff members died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students were heartbroken, and they spoke out, letting us know that this was beyond tolerable, that they were fed up with we “adults” allowing these things to happen … think Columbine, think Sandy Hook and many, many others. One of the young activists was Emma Gonzales, a courageous young woman who said, “No more!” And still today, the government and the people of this nation are letting our young people down.

Every time there is a mass shooting, especially a school shooting, we are horrified … for a few days … and then, while we don’t exactly forget, we let other matters take precedence and we put it out of our minds. How many of our children must die before we wake up, before we force our legislators to put our children ahead of the profits of the all-powerful gun lobby?

Our friend Larry has written an excellent post featuring a tribute song by Madonna. Thank you, Larry, for this post and your permission to share it.

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“So we are speaking up for those who don’t have anyone listening to them, for those who can’t talk about it yet, and for those who will never speak again. We are grieving, we are furious, and we are using our words fiercely and desperately because that’s the only thing standing between us and this happening again.” EMMA GONZALEZ

We rise every morning anticipating a great day filled with joy, happiness and safety in our daily endeavors.  We hug our loved ones as they go out the door about their day’s agenda.  We expect to see them later, don’t we?

We know life has no guarantees, but we trust in goodness and mercy.  Emma Gonzalez chatted with friends before classes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas not knowing that there were a few whom she would never again see alive.  Shots rang out, young people were murdered and…

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    • I couldn’t have said it better. I had a reader recently arguing with me that our nation is safer than those like your own, where guns are not readily available to every Tom, Dick & Harry. I gave him the statistics and he still kept up his argument. I finally gave up and quit responding, so I guess he took his b.s. elsewhere. Sigh.

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      • The problem is, because I have had similar ‘conversations’, that they just say the statistics are false and we’re all being gunned down in the UK left, right and centre and the government and the media are hushing it all up. Fume.

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        • So convenient to only believe what one wishes, what fits in with one’s preconceived notions, such that one doesn’t need to alter their own thoughts or lifestyle, eh? ‘Tis the same thing they are doing with climate change … they think if they just ignore it, discredit the facts, then it will all go away and they can keep driving those fuel-guzzling SUVs and keep the a/c set at a comfortable 65 degrees. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  1. I’ve heard it said that the purpose of war is peace, as if the winning side convinces the losing side that their side is right, and thereby both sides win. That is about the stupidest explanation I have ever heard. The purpose of war is war, showing your might is better than someone else’s might. Peace will never be a goal for fighting.

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  2. Emma Gonzales and the other survivors of that shooting came forward and filled us full of hope. The scum- I wonder who I could mean- sent death threats to kids who had just been threatened with death, aren’t people nice. But the bottom feeders, the politicians are the ones who let everyone down.Their promises meager as they were were smoke and water.It’s time to hold politicians accountable from the top down, time for a reckoning.
    Cwtch

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    • You’re right. There are very few, if any, nice people among those who place the importance of their ‘right’ to own guns ahead of the lives of our nation’s children. It is time to hold them accountable, to hold their feet to the fire, but that will only happen once the people of this nation wake up and see that our gun culture is destroying lives, is undermining the very fabric of our society. Sigh. I don’t see that happening any time soon. What will it take? I dunno. Sandy Hook didn’t do it. Parkland didn’t do it. Columbine didn’t do it. Las Vegas didn’t do it. Will it take a mass shooting where hundreds die? Will it take the assassination of the president? Will it take … what will it take, I wonder? Sigh.
      Cwtch

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