Tens of thousands of school children will walkout from their classrooms across the United States (US) today, demanding action on gun control by adult lawmakers.
The children from elementary to high schools, will stage their walkout at 10:00 a.m. in their respective time zones, in memory of 17 people killed, including 14 students, at a high school in Florida, a month-ago. The walkout will last for 17 minutes in memory of the recent 17 lives lost to gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida.
Children will also walkout from their classes amid a grim reminder of 14,000 shoes on display on the grounds of the US Capitol building, representing 7,000 victims of gun violence ever since a deadly mass shooting of 22-first graders, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
While the gun lobby continues to stifle any major changes to laws allowing easy and ready access to guns in the US, children, sensing that their futures have become too deeply impacted by violence, have taken the lead over adults in demanding changes to gun laws.
I support my children and all of their colleagues in today's action and I will join my elementary school son at his walkout. And yes, it is true, "a child shall lead them".