From The Rebelution by Brett Harris in “Defending the Second Amendment”
“Purging our society of violence and murder cannot be done by gun control legislation.” She continues, saying that in passing legislation,”You are not eliminating guns from society but eliminating our ability to protect our lives, liberty and pursuits of happiness.”
Regardless of what position you take on gun control, we can all learn from Sarah’s example. As far back as the young prophet Jeremiah in 626 BC, young people have been responding to the call of God with some variation of, “But I don’t know how to speak, I am only a kid. No one will listen to me anyway!” Sarah’s story suggests a different reality — one where our youth is an asset, not a liability.
Sarah’s video got 2.3 million views because she is 15 — not in spite of it. Let’s be honest, Sarah wasn’t saying anything that hundreds of middle-age men haven’t already said. Moreover, her delivery wasn’t stellar. No doubt she was nervous. She spoke quickly. She was mostly reading from her notes. But 2.3 million people heard her speech because her age was a megaphone.
Of course, it helped that she had written a good speech. Yes, it helped that gun control is a huge, hot-button topic. But ultimately, Sarah’s age was the highlight of her video. Despite the rampant low expectations (or perhaps, because of them) our world is desperate for teens who care, who are informed, and who speak up.
Editor’s note: Regardless of how you feel about gun control or the violence in our society I think everyone can agree that there is already been too much bloodshed in our country recently. Between the slaughter of the children of Newtown, Connecticut to this week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon there have been too many that have lost their lives senselessly. Sarah is well spoken and may have some valid points but her age gives me pause and makes me wonder how much of this is her and how much patriarchal pressure. Is having children speak up to defend weapons of violence ever appropriate is my question today. Not gun control or weapons.
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