This past weekend I went to the March For Our Lives march/rally in my town. Where I live, there is a population a little over 118,000 people and almost 300 people showed up for the rally. I was glad that so many people came, but when you have a little over 118,000 people it made me wonder why more people did not come to the rally.
I understand those with kids, prior commitments, and people who think we are “brain dead” because of our views, but what about the rest of the people?
My mother was concerned about me going to the rally here because I have gotten threats for writing this blog, which is why I don’t talk about where I live. And that brings me to another reason that may have contributed to people not coming out to support the kids of my community. Grant Stinchfield from NRA-tv said that the people behind the march are violent radicals.
The NRA tries to paint people of the Women’s March as violent because Madonna said she was mad and said things in the heat of the moment. The Women’s March was a global event and I don’t recall hearing about any violence during the march. This year, I marched during the Women’s March and we were given rules, just as we were this past weekend. We were not to engage in any violence, we were limited to the sidewalks and there were police all around.
My views aren’t even that radical and I can promise you I am not a violent person. I did have a temper when I was younger, but I never got in trouble for it. Now that I am older, I have learned that even having a temper can get you in trouble. My friends have called me a hippie and I kind of like that. I believe that we are all created equal and everyone deserves to be heard. I also believe that kids shouldn’t have to worry about being killed in the classroom.
Like the Women’s March, I haven’t heard of any violent outbreaks. What I did read about was protesters against the march Texas, Arizona, and Pennsylvania showing up with AR-15s, which I think is a horrible thing to do especially since we were marching in spirit with the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 innocent lives were cut short by a gunman with an AR-15.
Another reason I think people were afraid to show up is how their families and friends would react to them supporting gun control. Again, the NRA paints us as wanting to take guns away and that isn’t truthful. Almost everyone I have spoken to about this doesn’t want to take guns and 2nd Amendments away from anyone. What we want are common sense gun laws.
This weekend, I have had a hard time with someone I considered a friend, but then after talking to my mom, I realized that a friend doesn’t bully someone over their beliefs. The person kept commenting on my Facebook page when I was posting about the march. When I asked them to stop, they kept commenting and I did something that I hardly ever do, I blocked the person because a real friend doesn’t do that to another friend.
My plan to get more people involved is to start talking. I am going to talk to everyone and I mean everyone. People need to get out and vote. I am going to get as many people around me registered and if I need to drive people to the polls, I will drive people. If you aren’t registered to vote, please do so. This country needs all of us to vote. Look where the lack of voting has gotten us.
I hope you have a fantastic Monday and very wonderful week. I will see you back here tomorrow.
Mawow and I wish you,
Peace, Love and Kitty Snuggles,