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Listening to the news of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, I, along with all who feel empathy, wonder if anything will change. I listened with interest to one interview on NPR when Kelly McEvers talked with Cameron Kasky, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior who survived the shooting. He was asked about his recent op-ed piece that was published by CNN, entitled,

“My Generation Won't Stand For This.”

His words are well worth reading. I urge readers to take the time, search online for it. He and fellow students are taking action creating “Never Again MSD” on social media.

This young man did not mince words in his interview. The part that gave me hope was his interest in creating change where it will become effective, in our representatives.

“The community just took 17 bullets to the heart. And our lawmakers Rick Scott and Marco Rubio — they have the blood of 17 people on their hands, and we are not apologizing for telling them that they're gone. It's over with them.

It's time to put lawmakers in positions who are not taking money from the NRA and are not fostering and promoting this gun culture that's allowing things like this to happen and allowing mentally troubled teens like Nikolas Cruz to buy guns.”

If you are still with me. I suggest another appropriate read.

“What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer.” The New York Times.

With facts, common sense, and conviction, we can work together to making America saner.

James Fereday

Coos Bay

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