When an expected half million people gather in Washington, D.C., on Saturday for the March For Our Lives protest against gun violence — and thousands more at sister marches, including one in Sag Harbor — they will be taking up the banner of #NeverAgain, a movement created by a group of students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that has changed the face of the gun-control movement.
That teenagers are picking up the mantle, where adults have failed, is not surprising when it comes to this issue — one that, unfortunately, finds them on the front lines of the gun-control debate seemingly on a daily basis. And in one of the places they should feel most safe: their schools. Their demand for safety — through a ban on the assault rifles that have been the weapon of choice in shootings, an end to the sale of high-capacity magazines and the adoption of laws requiring background checks for those purchasing guns — does not demand an all-out ban on guns, but asks lawmakers to put reasonable restrictions in place that make it harder for what happened in Parkland to happen again. Many of these students have had enough. They are not going to stop talking, and thoughts and prayers are not what they need. What they need is action.
On Saturday, at 11 a.m., a March For Our Lives protest has been planned in Sag Harbor by resident Denise O’Malley and 18-year-old Sinéad Murray, a Pierson senior who is passionate and, more importantly, informed about politics. And fortunately, like many of the youths now actively engaged in this movement, Ms. Murray this year will also be old enough to vote.