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On Valentine’s Day, 17 students died of gunshot wounds in Florida. A few days later, survivors went to the White House and pleaded for action against gun violence.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, D.C. to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. March 24 is just a month away and it will be a great opportunity for us to support and participate in local  “March For Our Lives” rallies. Visit https://www.marchforourlives.com or your social media for more information.

With a few exceptions, Democrats across the nation have been silent on gun control issues.  Locally, I have not seen or heard any elected Democrat taking a position on how to end gun violence. Could it be because they too have accepted funds from the NRA, like Trump did?

Is it because it is too risky to talk about gun control in an election year? Do Democrat leaders think voters are not able to conciliate responsible gun use and ownership with realistic, effective gun safety laws that actually work? It worked in Australia, so we could learn from their experience.

High school juniors and seniors will reach voting age for the 2018 and 2020 elections. Chances are that students now begging for safety and for ending gun violence will remember who supported them when it is time to vote. If nothing happens, then they will not bother to register to vote and we will end up with status quo.

Do we want change or do we keep blood on our hands?

JEAN-MARC LEININGER

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