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Parkland, Florida Shooting. Photo: AP

Emerging American Heroes Kasky, Hogg and Gonzales

If the cowardly gunman, Nikolas Cruz, thought his violent act would instill fear in the survivors of the Valentine Day Massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School he has another thing coming.

Instead of terror, Cruz’s senseless act of violence has caused a new generation of America heroes to rise up determine to resist the ease with which gunman can wantonly and randomly kill innocent people.

The new heroes are teenagers. They looked certain death in the face.

They survived.

These new heroes have a strong resolve to force adults in government to do something to address the problem of violence in schools.

God knows we need someone in the country to stand up and be adults as it seems that few in the three branches of government are willing to tackle gun violence in our schools and in society at large.

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Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg being interviewed on CNN, Monday, February 19, 2018. They pledged not to attend President Trump’s listening session in Washington on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

My new heroes are Cameron Kasky, David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez.

Kasky, in no uncertain terms, told elected officials in his state and on the Potomac that either they are with the students in their efforts to eliminate gun violence in schools are they are against them.

Hogg courageously, in the tradition of Sam Donaldson, videoed Cruz’s assault on his classmates. He had the presence of mind to tell the story even though he was under attack along with his classmates.

Hogg’s audio of the nation’s children screaming for their lives, coupled with the visual, sent a chill up the spine of every American adult with children and grandchildren watching the horror play out in their homes.

Gonzalez, politely, yet firmly called “Bull Shit” on politicos who refuse to buck the NRA. She promises to march on Washington and turn out of office any elected official whose intent is to go on with business as usual until the next shooting.

There comes a time in the course of human history when a people must stand up and take matters into their own hands. The teenagers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, finding a lack of resolve in their adult leaders, have emerged as a force to end the gridlock of American politics in the District of Columbia.

Finally, we will get some common sense gun control legislation out of a congress heavily beholden to the National Rifle Association.

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