ERIC LAMPINEN: Local march joins national movement, conversation on guns

TO THE EDITOR:

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2018, will be forever remembered as a turning point in the U.S. and in our culture.

The first generation of high school age Americans to be known as “generation Columbine” or the “mass shooting generation” have taken the lead in demanding an end to the exclusively American epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings, something that as grandparents and parents, we are shamefully negligent of not having accomplished ourselves.

Now we have an opportunity to help begin reconciling our failure and practice our responsibility to protect our children and fellow Americans by supporting our young leaders through participation in the “March for Our Lives” to be held in thousands of cities and communities across the country on March 24.

The March for Our Lives is a demand for school safety and common sense gun legislation including expanded background checks, a ban on military style assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and an end to online and gun show loopholes that polls demonstrate are supported by the great majority of Americans while not infringing on second amendment rights as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. It also demands elected officials stop accepting campaign contributions from the powerful gun lobby or face being voted out of office.

Together we can effect positive change for our young people and future generations. Traverse City and Manistee are both hosting local March for Our Lives events on Saturday. Please join your friends and neighbors in demanding the protection our children deserve.

Eric Lampinen

Manistee

 

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