March for our Lives: Boston
On March 24 hundreds of thousands of ordinary people around the United States and the world—men, women, children, families—inspired and led by students from Parkland, Fla., and all over the country joined Saturday in about 800 marches to say Enough to gun violence. Participants from the School of Public Health and the BU community marched from Roxbury to the Boston Common where they joined a crowd estimated at 50,000 for a 2 pm rally. Meanwhile, during Accepted Students Day, potential new members of our school community also participated in their own way–by creating signs detailing what they would like to do or see change in order to stop the epidemic of gun violence in America.
March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.
School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than the timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.
Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.