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GRADES UP, GUNS DOWN

What will it take to change gun control laws? The nation’s youth. All over the world, March for Our Lives rallies were organized to bring awareness and an end to the epidemic of gun violence in our country.

Columbine, Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Three schools that have made headlines over decades in our nation. Columbine was not the first, but it was one of the first most notable and widely covered by media. Sandy Hook followed years later, one of the most tragic school shootings our nation has seen. Between the two of these, and after Sandy Hook, you would think our government would figure out a way to better regulate guns, to keep them out of the hands of those that would do harm. But six years after Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary school and killed 20 teachers and students, our nation was ripped apart by another shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Something about this shooting was different though. The teenagers that survived the Parkland shooting, had been alive for Sandy Hook. They have had enough, and the opportunity to change everything lies with them. Millions of teenagers will turn 18 by the midterm elections, and even more will be of voting age for the next presidential election. After hearing the voices today, we can only hope they continue their fight and make their voices heard at the polling booths.

We have lost countless numbers of lives to guns. When will enough be enough? When will our government listen to the people as our students try to get through a day of learning, without fearing a massacre? According to Everytown, on an average day, seven children or teens are killed by guns. We have the highest homicide rate from guns than any other developed nation, almost 25 times the average of other countries.

It’s time for change, it’s time to listen to the voices begging for help. The Detroit March for Our Lives rally brought thousands to the Riverfront. Let’s hope it brings thousands more to the polls.

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