To America’s kids:
On behalf of America’s adults – particularly my fellow Baby Boomers (who are still mostly in charge of government & industry) – I want to apologize for the trauma you regularly experience from gun violence; we have failed you.
I apologize for the legislators who could protect your safety through common sense gun regulations that the vast majority of voters support, but instead place their own careers ahead of your lives.
I apologize for the nation’s responsible gun owners who, rather than fight for your safety by standing up to the NRA (which represents gun manufacturers), stay silent.
I apologize for the adults who, out of an irrational fear of having their guns taken from them if arms are better regulated, put these groundless fears ahead of your real ones.
I apologize for the adults who would rather turn your schools into prison-like fortresses and compel you to endure active shooter drills than ban semi-automatic weapons.
I apologize for those in governance who cite mental health as the problem, yet refuse to fund mental health services.
And finally, I apologize in advance for any who say I don’t speak for them, because by doing so, admit to being part of the problem.
It’s up to you, kids. If/when you’re old enough, you must not just march, but vote; at any age you must not just cry, but continue to hold adults accountable.
Because we’re clearly not able to do it for you.