Monday March 26th, 2018 12:27 Before the march

There is little that hasn’t been said about this weekend’s massive protests.

But I still find it difficult not to react when I look at a television and see an 11-year-old kid basically saying “People are being murdered and I can’t tell if anyone cares or if anyone is ever going to do something to stop it.”

When little girls can no longer live blissfully unaware of such horrors, we adults done screwed things up.

The weekend’s activity managed to lead me back to something one of the organizing youths said earlier this month:

But, he clarified, he doesn’t feel like he’s the one who should be calling for this. “I shouldn’t have to! I’m 17,” he said, but he and his classmates feel that adults — both voters and policymakers — have failed them. “When your old-ass parent is like, ‘I don’t know how to send an iMessage,’ and you’re just like, ‘Give me the fucking phone and let me handle it.’ Sadly, that’s what we have to do with our government; our parents don’t know how to use a fucking democracy, so we have to.”

Whichever way you lean in the debate, the point applies:

We have not, in all the many long years for which this has been a political sticking point, settled this question. Not in any way that everyone agrees on. Not in any way that either side agrees on. Not in any way at all.

We have left it to a bunch of teenagers who are only bothering to clean up our mess because it seems to them like the most effective way to avoid getting shot at school.

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