We call BS on guns

By now, you may have heard there’ll be a nationwide “March for Our Lives” event on Sat., June 11. For Durango’s event, gather at Durango High School parking lot at 2 p.m. to hear a few speakers, and then march at 2:30 p.m. to the Durango Library in time to attend the 3rd Congressional District Candidate Event at 3 p.m.

You may hear some folks say that demonstrations and marches don’t change anything, and that our calls and letters don’t change anything. I call BS! You may remember that refrain from Emma Gonzalez, a Parkland, Fla., student who brought everyone to tears with her heartfelt pleas in February 2018, three days after she lost 17 friends to a gunman with an AR-15.

Here’s part of what she said: “The people in the government are lying to us, and us kids call BS. Lawmakers who sit in their House and Senate seats, funded by the NRA, telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this. We call BS. They say tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. They say that us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works. We call BS. If you agree, register to vote and contact your local congresspeople. Give them a piece of your mind.”

Join us to grieve and to march on June 11. Wear orange if you can.   

– Karen Pontius, Durango