Students are coming together

To the editor:

Times are changing and young people are making that happen. A revolution was born when students at Marjory Stoneman High School became victims and survivors of yet another school massacre. Tragedy brings people together, and the March for Our Lives will show Congress and the president that now is the time to enact some sensible gun reform. Listen to a survivor, 17-year-old Emma Gonzalez, when she said, “They say tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call that B.S.”

The latest Washington Post-ABC News Poll indicated a majority of Americans believe Congress and the president are not doing enough to stop mass shootings — 50 percent said they would support a nationwide ban on semi-automatic assault weapons used by our military and which were used in these massacres.

You can argue the cause of gun violence all day and all night. It doesn’t change what happened in these massacres. But a youth-led revolution can be the impetus to get members of Congress to come to their senses and turn away from being bribed by the National Rifle Association and make sure that the Parkland, Fla., massacre is the last one our country has to endure.

The March of Our Lives is scheduled for March 24. Its mission and focus is to “demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.”

Now is the time. Marches will be held around the country and right here in our own Ohio Valley. Students will get it done. Let’s stand with them and refuse to allow one more needless death.

Kim Fluharty