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US GUNS: In case American kids did not hear it, our Canadian kids marched with you

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People hold up signs during a ‘March of Our Lives’ rally to show solidarity with the U.S. gun control movement in Montreal, Saturday, March 24, 2018.Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESSI watched one of the very young leaders for the US march answer a question about Sandy Hook and he was superb.  He said something “the kids in Connecticut were too young to talk.  We are older and can talk”.  Something along those lines.

American kids have made the entire world know that their drills are about gun violence.  This has been a surprise to most of us parents in Canada because we only know Fire Drills.
Yet, despite the safety of Canada, we have had school shootings.  Some of your parents might remember a shooting in Montreal at a school where one young man killed over a dozen because girls were into Engineering.
When Sandy Hook happened, I remember calling my sister in Uganda crying and telling her I would not ever send my 2 little girls to school.  I dared not go to ID their little bodies.  My sister begged me not to skip them out of school.  I was gonna home school them myselfie.  AND I was also gonna take target shooting and she kept saying buying a gun was not the solution.
What the US does not seem to comprehend is the trauama on the rest of the parents in the world.  But to imagine that kids in the US go to school not knowing if they will be shot dead or not?  The psychology of it all.  Then the parents.  How do you even work when you fear that your child might get shot dead?
Then he politicians.  But which schools do your kids go to?  Surely, if you do not feel moved by the voices of these young people talking about life growing up with school shootings, then you need to ask why you have become so indifferent to human suffering.  To justify hunting for food as a means of keeping a gun means we have failed at education.  To use a gun as way for protection means we have failed at community.  We surely should not have to resort to guns to keep our communities safe.  What happened to our elders that used to settle all our quarrels?
To claim that your right to own a gun justifies owning a machine gun that shoots as if you are in Iraq means that we have forgotten that these guns were meant for combat.
Maybe one day, we will return to peace and serenity. Millions of kids in USA, Canada and all around the world are saying ENOUGH!  Do we even listen?  These kids are our future.  Why do you denigrate them and think they mean no sense?
In my tribe in Uganda (it is in Africa), we have a saying “the young beat the drums and the elders dance”.  Loose translation is “listen to your young for they will care for you in your old age”.  So we should feel privileged that our children are foretelling and telling us what it is that we need to change for a better world.  We have let them down so enormously to the point where they are talking about guns instead of talking about how they will care for humanity.
Judge them gently.  Judge me harshly.
Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada
PS: My kids have never even owned even a water gun. Grew up under Gen. Idi Amin with guns all around and under Dr. Milton Obote.  Guns were always making too much noise.  It was awful. When you grow up in war, the last thing you want to see is war.  God forbid that you promote guns.
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Over a dozen Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Parkland shooting
In Montreal and Toronto, several hundred joined local events in support of the massive rally in Washington, D.C., which was organized by American students calling for change.
MONTREAL — More than a dozen Canadian cities hosted marches Saturday to call for stricter gun control laws in both Canada and the United States in the wake of a deadly high school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla.In both Montreal and Toronto, several hundred people joined local events in support of the massive March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., which was organized by American students calling for change in the wake of the tragedy.

In one of Montreal’s two marches, hundreds of protesters swayed together singing to the tune of “Glory, Hallelujah” before setting off towards the city’s U.S. Consulate.

Ellen Gozansky Malka, a Montrealer now living in Parkland, told the crowd that two of her children were at the school during the shooting and saw things no child should see.

“Our children should never fear going to school, and they should never jump at the sound of a book falling on the floor,” she said to appreciative applause.

Eleven-year-old Lexington Vickery, right, holds up signs during a ‘March for Our Lives’ rally to show solidarity with the U.S. gun control movement in Montreal, Saturday, March 24, 2018.Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS“This will have a lasting effect on our community. We have to make sure this will never happen again anywhere, anywhere in the world.”

A few blocks away, a slightly smaller event was organized by 11-year-old elementary school student Lexington Vickery, who led about 150 cheering classmates and supporters on a raucous march in support of American children.

“Its about making them feel better, and making them feel more supported and working to help them so they can have more courage to go to the government and get their gun legislation,” the sixth-grader explained in an interview beforehand.

Our children should never fear going to school, and they should never jump at the sound of a book falling on the floor

In Toronto, marchers carried signs protesting both gun violence in the United States and recent shootings that have plagued the city as they marched from a downtown square to the U.S. Consulate.

An organizer told local news station CP24 that while Canada doesn’t experience mass shootings on the same scale as the U.S., Toronto has seen a number of high-profile fatal shootings recently.

People hold up signs during a ‘March for Our Lives’ rally to show solidarity with the U.S. gun control movement in Montreal, Saturday, March 24, 2018. Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESSPolice have said that last weekend, an innocent man was gunned down in a “cowardly” attack after visiting friends. The following day, two people were shot and killed outside of a bowling alley — one of the victims was allegedly targeted, and the other was described by police as a bystander.

“I think it’s important to have this march today in solidarity with students in the United States because gun violence is taking its toll on families, individuals, communities across North America. In Toronto we’ve seen a hundred per cent increase in gun violence homicides over the last three years,” said Louis March, a co-founder of Toronto’s Zero Gun Violence Movement.

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Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the march in Washington, D.C., with smaller gatherings to take place in hundreds of cities across the world.

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