Your Sons and Your Daughters Are Beyond Your Command

 

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On the eve of the nationwide March For Our Lives, a grateful reminder of the power and hope unleashed by the extraordinary kids at Parkland and around the country. Introducing their Guardian manifesto for gun reforms that most Americans want, Parkland's student journalists recognize that, "Our lives have changed forever." As survivors of a mass shooting, they declare, "We are the ones who feel our voice must be elevated...We are firsthand witnesses to the kind of devastation that gross incompetence and political inaction can produce."

No more, they vow. “We’ve kind of been lulled into submission,” says the fiery Emma González of a generation witness to too much carnage. “It’s like learned helplessness. We see danger around every corner, so we know to expect it. If we’re expecting it, then it’s normal. It shouldn’t be normal. It should never have been normal.” As the kids grow stronger, the NRA grows sicker - their latest video attacks them while urging teachers to carry AR-15s - and the calls for change grow louder and more eloquent. Among them, hear the lovely mashup by Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) created "For The Kids." They'll (and we'll) be at the march, on the right side of history.

"Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land

And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand

Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command

Your old road is rapidly aging
Please get outta' the new one if you can’t lend your hand

For the times they are a-changin'" - Bob Dylan

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