Warm congratulatons to the students that will stand up on Wednesday, March 14th....that have appeared on national TV that made their voices heard amidst their own grief for the loss of relatives, classmates, children
and for ALL of us...Fellow Americans who had their lives ended needlessly far too young.
Seventeen minutes set aside at 10 in the morning to honor the memory of 17 who had their lives senselessly taken on February 14th in Parkland, Florida.
This is not about the right to bear arms.....it IS about putting a face to violence...whatever the solution. Why anyone of any age needs an assault weapon is beyond our comprehension. The senseless deaths at Sandy Hook were not enough to get the attention of national government leadership. Twenty seven people lost their lives....20 of them 6 and 7 year old children. We applaud the state of Connecticut for the steps they have taken to make their state a safer place.
No one reading this is likely in high school....you are the parents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors or friends of people who ARE or were.....having any of them taken from your life...having their lives shortened before they began is unimaginable...it was for those who lived that nightmare and continue to carry the burden of their loss every day.
What will you do for 17 minutes....remember those who no longer have a voice. If you choose to, encourage your federal and state representatives to promote education to identify people who may be the next shooter...who may needlessly take lives. If 10:00 doesn't work for your schedule...we can all find 17 minutes for anything that is important. Education to identify people who have problems...and beyond the identificaton...where to go to get help if behaviorial patterns are noted...how to make the world a safer place.
Begin that conversation....make 17 minutes count today for today...for the future....for the memory of those taken too young. Amen and Women.
This has been a very public service post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, who hope that your 17 minutes will matter to the world.