Maybe the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who organized Saturday’s March For Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. are an answer to all of the ‘thoughts and prayers’ that follow school shootings and other horrific acts of violence.
At least 200,000 people turned out in the nation’s capital, with other demonstrations throughout the country. People — especially our young people — are trying to convince those in power that we can do better. Students should not have to practice what to do in the event of a shooting at their school — something that never even crossed our minds when I was a student.
Maybe those in power will listen and try to do something this time. Maybe they will be voted out of office. Maybe the world is about to turn.
Maybe they try and it’s not enough, or it’s the wrong thing. Maybe we will have to try again.
Maybe nothing changes at all, and we just wait to express sadness and outrage again after the next horrific act of violence.
I don’t know. I’m choosing to believe in the possible.