Mya Middleton is 16 years old, and hit us with the hard truth.
I attended March For Our Lives on March 24th, 2018 which were organized by the survivors of the Parkland shooting where 17 high school teenagers were shot dead. They were classmates, friends, family, siblings of the people who spoke on that stage. “Enough is enough” they yelled, we chanted. It is enough. We’ve had enough of the gun violence that affects millions of lives. We’ve had enough of politicians sending “thoughts and prayers”. We’ve had enough of social media posts. We’ve had enough of the inaction that is within our community. Gun violence is a serious human rights issue that is avoidable whether it is taking mental illnesses seriously or banning AR-15s or strengthening our bullying prevention programs. It is better to take actions to prevent a tragedy than after one, but that is exactly what had to happen. After Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Vegas, Orlando, thoughts and prayers were being sent around but no action or policy change. These kids have lived in a generation of terror and guns. Most of these kids were born in 2000, they have witnessed 9/11 and the dehumanization of Muslims and destruction of the Middle East. They have witnessed a president who has no respect for women or minorities. And they have witnessed the money that is poured in my the NRA that have take the lives of their loved ones. Lawmakers are trusted to make the best decision for their community, but instead they are the ones who have blood on their hands.
These kids did not come out of nowhere. They were bred in a world of violence. They are aware of what is happening and they are sick of it. We are sick of it. We are the dam that is ready to explode, and when that happens you better be ready for it.
So we say enough is enough. “We are the turn of this century. We are the voice of change. We are here to fix what America is falling short of.”
The youth have inspired me to march and to make a change. Thank you for lighting up the fire within me.