LETTER: ‘March for Our Lives is a way to hold our elected officials accountable’


[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]

Letter to the Editor:

To the people of Des Moines,

In January, it was a bullet fired through a window at New Start High School. In February, it was a lockdown at Highline Community College after reports of gunfire on campus. In March, it was guns brought to school at Sylvester, New Start, and Tyee. What’s next?

On March 24, Seattle will join cities across the nation in March for Our Lives, a movement started by the Parkland shooting survivors to advocate for stricter gun legislation and an end to gun violence. I urge you to stand with us.

Every day, students in our community go to school wondering if they will make it home. When we have assemblies, students glance fearfully towards the doors, plotting their escape routes. When we’re sitting in class, we think about where we would hide if a shooter came in, and if it would be good enough to save our lives. When we go home, we turn on the news and hear of another mass shooting, another kid shot on the streets, and we wonder if next it will be us.

Schools are meant to be places of learning. Communities are supposed to be safe and supportive. Our right to live is supposed to be more important than the right to own a gun. Yet the body count keeps rising, and politicians still refuse to act.

March for Our Lives is a way to hold our elected officials accountable, to remind them that they represent us. Not the NRA. We demand common sense gun legislation – universal background checks, banning assault rifles, and raising the minimum purchase age to 21. We demand to feel safe in our schools.

I am 18 years old, haven’t even graduated high school. Alone, I am virtually powerless. But there are students, and parents, and community members just like me, all across the nation, coming together to fight for change, and together, we cannot be ignored. Will you join us?

March for Our Lives Seattle will take place on Saturday, March 24, beginning with a rally at Cal Anderson Park at 10 am, which will be followed by a march to Seattle Center. For more information, please visit marchforourlivesseattle.com.

Sincerely,
Katalia Alexander
March for Our Lives Seattle Organizer and Mount Rainier High School Student

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4 Responses to “LETTER: ‘March for Our Lives is a way to hold our elected officials accountable’”
  1. That Guy says:

    As a father of a kindergartner, I whole heartedly agree. It scares me every day to think what her school could face. While the right may argue that guns don’t kill people, people kill people, we need to ensure that those people who kill don’t have access to any gun, let alone a gun that can kill multiple people in seconds.

  2. JC Harris says:

    I’ll try to be there. What I wish for even more would be a march through Des Moines. We need awareness and change in the South End just as much (if not more) than in Seattle.

  3. BirchCreek says:

    Though I agree with the students, I am not sure out-lawing automatic weapons will make anymore difference. I can’t see criminals and mentally ill people turning in their weapons, though I wish the world were a sensible enough place for that to happen. Somehow I think the problem is a general societal sickness of the soul. You got to think that there is a better way to raise our children than the methods we’ve used the last 20 or 30 years that have turned out such self centered, mentally ill, killing monsters.
    As an extension of concern for the killing of teens, I wonder how teens are killed or have killed others texting while driving, drinking and driving?

  4. Mysty Beal says:

    Ahh, girl, thank you so much for taking the lead on this – from those of us that have been fighting for sensible gun laws ever since the Whitney Graves bill attempt in the late 1990’s just to be thwarted by the NRA and their craven Republican toadies in the legislature, we applaud you and will happily follow your lead.

    As long as the NRA owns the GOP, half of our ‘representatives’ will never compromise on simple gun law changes.

    I am awed by your intelligence, leadership and compassion and cannot wait to see the change you and your peers will certainly bring about – and I am no longer willing to “wait for the appropriate time” or sit on the sidelines. Keep us posted, girl – we are with you.

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