HOME Media Kit Advertising Contact Us About Us

 

Web The Truth


Community Calendar

Dear Ryan

Classifieds

Online Issues

Send a Letter to the Editor


 

 
 

Area Youth March to Put an End to Gun Violence

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

Youngsters from around the metropolitan area held a rally on Saturday, March 24 at Promenade Park and then joined the worldwide March for Our Lives to One Government Center to drive their pint home. Toledo’s march was one of  an estimated 844 worldwide such events as youth from around the nation and around the world gathered to tell elected officials that it is time their voices were heard and that they be released from the fear of gun violence.

Since the infamous Columbine shooting in 1999, 187,000 students have experienced shootings in 193 primary and secondary schools in the United States. The last federal law to  ban any sort of firearms was the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that banned semiautomatics that looked like assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. The law expired in 2004.

The March for Our Lives was organized by the student-survivors from Parkland, Florida who were in their school. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, when a former student used an AR-15, which he legally purchased, to kill 17 students and teachers and wound an additional 17. The Parkland students themselves held their march in Washington, D.C. which attracted an estimated 800,000 attendees.

Among the speakers in Toledo was Jeremiah Hunter who drew some of the loudest applause of the day. Here’s what Jeremiah had to say:
 


Jeremiah Hunter

This Isn’t Just Some Past Time – Jeremiah Hunter ‘s Speech at the Toledo March for Our Lives on March 24

A 17 year old in a neighboring city had breakfast with his friends in the school cafeteria and then went into a bathroom and shot himself with a .22-caliber handgun. March 5th, 2018.

 - 5 dead 1 wounded - Chardon High School

- 7 dead 3 wounded - Oikos University

- 26 dead 2 wounded 20 Children 6 Adults - Sandy Hook Elementary

- 6 dead 4 wounded - Santa Monica College

- 9 dead 9 wounded - Umpqua Community College

- 2 dead 0 wounded - Aztec High School

- 1 dead 1 wounded - Huffman High School

- 4 dead 1 wounded - Pilchuck High School

 - 17 dead 14 wounded - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

But as you can see, this isn’t a pastime

50​ – The number of mass murders or attempted mass murders at a school since Columbine.

141​ – The number of people killed in a mass murder or attempted mass murder at a school since Columbine.

17​ – The number of kids aged 15 or younger who have committed or attempted a mass school shooting since Columbine.

270​ – The number of shootings of any kind at a school since Columbine. The numbers have only risen since these were released in 2016.

Not only will we have to fear the actual gunman but threats as well. Between February 5th and February 27th, copycat threats have risen across the U.S.

According to USA Today 638​ copycat threats were reported.

Texas - 55

California - 37

Florida - 35

Pennsylvania - 32

Ohio - 47

We’re the second highest in these threats.

So here we are. And we’re here.

We’re here marching for NO​ Violence in our communities;

We’re here marching asking for adults to help every student to graduate;

We’re here marching to end youth homelessness;

We’re here marching for our future, the same future taken away​ so swiftly, from our​ peers;

We’re here marching for the dead;

We’re here marching for the wounded, the afraid, the bullied, the helpless, the families. OUR FAMILIES;

We’re here MARCHING FOR THE ONES WHO DIDN’T AND WILL NEVER GET TO

WALK ACROSS THAT STAGE AND HAVE THAT SENSE OF FREEDOM TO

FINALLY GRADUATE, TO FINALLY SUCCEED THE ONE OF MANY GOALS WE STRIVE TO REACH.

We’re here. And we are not leaving.

Because this isn’t just some pastime.

We’re Marching for OUR​ Lives.

And if you can’t see that………. I have nothing more to say.

 

   


Copyright © 2018 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 03/29/18 20:40:23 -0800.


More Articles....

Tough Decisions Require Mental Strength

Kickboxing; Kaylyn Hornbeak: Toledo’s World Champion

Local Elected Officials Honor Congresswoman Kaptur: The Longest-Serving Woman in U.S. House History

Deadline for Lead-Safe Certification Approaching

Portman, Brown Announce Full Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Marley Dias Gets it Done and So Can You! by Marley Dias, introduction by Ava DuVernay


 


   

Back to Home Page