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Listening to Students: Gun Violence in our Schools & Communities
• What we'll do Hello All - thank you for your participation in our MeetUp #SpokaneStrong. My twin daughters attended Sacajawea & graduated Lewis & Clarke in 1998 and I now feel an obligation to the Moms, Dads & students coming up. The discussion is about what we can do now to keep our children & schools safe from gun violence. The response of these amazing kids to the latest school shooting in Parkland, FL is spurring conversation among their generation. I believe we need to listen to them. Following is a Letter to the Editor, Spokesman Review, I wrote that explains my viewpoint: It is impossible to discuss anything without first defining and agreeing on common terms. We are not talking about gun-control. We are examining whether we want to live with weapons of war in our civilian society. Our children are telling us that we have failed to keep them safe in their schools, churches, theaters, parks. roads. Indeed, our most vulnerable, our young, fear they may be shot and killed anywhere, anytime in America. We’re not talking about infringing lawful 2nd Amendment rights or threatening to “take all your guns.” We are searching our souls as a nation for answers. Do we really value our young? Why do we have assault weapons designed for war in our civilian society? Is it realistic to depend on social service systems and civilian police forces to adequately respond to enemy attacks? Are we at war in the homeland? Who are we at war with? Who is the enemy? Us? While adults and lawmakers again are bogged down by infighting, the next generation is taking over. If we can’t provide the answers, they will. Best for us to get out of the way. I know I work for them now. • What to bring Please bring your suggestions, resources, ideas, questions. • Important to know

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