Today, a little girl was the most mature woman in the world. Allow me to rephrase – the most mature person in the world. Emma González, a high school senior, stopped the world for 6 minutes and 30 seconds. Between her impassioned words and her silence heard ’round the world, Ms. González said more than any adult in America today. March For Our Lives, a global protest of gun violence and the epidemic that is mass shootings in the United States of America, took place today, as children took to the streets all over the world to demand their basic human right to life. As is our wont, humanity has shown itself to be divided on the issue of gun control, with a faction on the side of control, and a faction on the side of the “right” to bear arms. In my heart of hearts, I truly, concretely believe that the right to live outweighs the right to own a weapon that can cause such devastation. I do not intend to debate gun control, versus banning guns, versus the freedom to treat every problem like a showdown at the OK Corral. I simply want to state that I hope that one day, I can grow up to be half as brave, half as strong, half as fierce and half as brilliant as a young woman half my age. Thank you, Emma González, for taking to task those who do not care to protect you; do not take the time to understand that the gun lobby does not deserve your sympathy; thank you for your bravery, and thank you for stopping the conversation for 6 minutes and 39 seconds so that the world stopped to hear you. And I sincerely hope that we all heard her loud and clear.
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