The Columbine High School shooting in 1999 happened when I was in middle school, 30 minutes away. The memories of the fear and sadness I felt afterwards have been brought up again as I watch, read, and hear the stories of the students in Parkland, FL. This time though, I'm no longer the confused and frightened 13 year old student, but am a teacher and a mother who is entirely fed up with our incompetent legislators for not regulating guns, banning assault rifles, and providing much needed mental health services to vulnerable citizens. This administration, this Congress, and state legislators in FL and around the nation need to wake up and do some serious self-reflection on their priorities. I cannot stand idly by and watch as other people's lives, my life, my daughters' lives, and our lives are gambled with by career politicians who represent the N.R.A. From anger to activism, meet me on the streets of NYC on March 24th. Solidarity for my friends who are doing similar marches in Colorado and elsewhere.
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