George Graham

May the Force be with Them

 

I was surprised and impressed by the three young ladies on Rachel’s show last night. They made me revise my view of American education and they revived my hope for America’s future.

Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin and Sarah Chadwick, survivors of the recent horror at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Southern Florida, discussed their crusade against gun violence. They were poised, articulate and mature beyond their years.

I imagine they must have had – and still have – really good teachers.

The errors in grammar and lapses in logic that I encounter daily on TV, in newspapers and on the internet had brought me to the edge of despair. But these kids changed my mind.

I don’t know whether they are representative of their generation but these young women are impressive individuals.

I look forward to Saturday’s “March for Our Lives.” If these kids are any indication, America is going to get a wake-up call. Half a million protesters are expected in Washington, and sympathy marches are scheduled not only across the US but also around the world.

And that won’t be the end of it. The Parkdale students assured Rachel they would keep going until they get the regulations they want. They already have forced Florida to enact reforms, and other measures are being considered in Congress (as well as other states).

That’s more than anyone else has accomplished so far.

As you might expect, the NRA is waging a vicious campaign against the crusaders, including personal attacks and threats, but the students who appeared on Rachel’s show just laughed that off.

It’s high time the rest of the nation took the same approach to the gun nuts responsible for the slaughter of our children. May the Force be with the protesters.

The event organizer’s website.

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About the author

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com