Will This Time Be Different?
Here we are again, watching a community, family, and friends destroyed by a random act of violence by an unhinged person who was able to walk into a store and buy a gun that can kill a lot of people quickly. I don’t understand why we all don’t want to stop this. That it seems to be ok that 33,000 gun deaths are year is a price we seem willing to pay. The trail of people who have known these victims as friends or were family that has been left to grieve continues to grow.
Each time we become numb to the media circus around these tragedies. I hope I never had to witness one in the media again but they keep coming. Will this time be different?
I am extremely impressed with the survivors of the Florida shootings this past week who have quickly galvanized around this by shouting out no more. They are taking to the streets, they are taking it straight to the Government with speeches and social media. These people get how to play the media game and they are using social media as a foundation to push for change. Many of these kids are also almost if not already at voting age. They have the ability to round up their peers across this country to say we are not going to let this happen again, we are going to call out the corruption of gun lobbyists in Government, we are going to get behind new politicians who want to lead the next generation with new laws, fewer pay-offs and people who actually represent their constituencies vs themselves. They are already putting together a march on March 24th in Washington. If this galvanizes all high school students and more around one issue, that will cut across party lines, that will be a sight to behold.
I just feel that among these young adults who can run circles around everyone on social media, the articles that are being written, the conversations that seem to be taking place, and where we have got to in Government, that perhaps, just perhaps, this time will be different.