Thousands ‘March For Our Lives’ in Downtown Boise (PART ONE)
Thousands made up of Students, teachers, parents, and grandparents marched down the streets of Boise in solidarity Saturday with a simple message, enough is enough.
The Parkland shootings in Florida that claimed ????? lives have horrified the country and at the same time presented an opportunity for change. What change though?
I'm not a news writer by any means and consistently google the most basic grammar. Does the comma go before or after? I do speak with a tremendous amount of people though and we talk about these issues.
"Watch what you say Kekeluv! You represent the brand at 103.5 Kissfm."
I also represent my OWN brand here in Boise and the Treasure Valley. It would be irresponsible for me not to acknowledge it and that is exactly what I'm doing. I've listed my opinions, photos, captions, and moments in this blog. I applauded the people standing for and against gun reform because it was done in a non-threatening way. Safe protests are okay and that's what we saw on Saturday.
I posted up a photo regarding the announcement of the March For Our Lives Rally and I received some terrible comments. I was just talking to an older gentleman today about friendship in today's society. We've both seen lifelong relationships decay over political beliefs. We agreed that social media is to blame for a lot of it. I think everyone is afraid to voice their opinion because it's like taking a side. We've become ridiculous. I was listening to some old school guys do a podcast about the state of hip-hop.
"Bro, Kendrick Lamar ain't hip-hop! REAL street records was N.W.A., Ice Cube, Ice-T, and the Chronic."
I'll never forget the host saying, "Hahaha, you're getting old! Don't you remember your parents saying the same thing? Let these kids have their Dre. Day like you did. It will never be like it was because it ain't."
I'll never forget that because he was right. Nothing will ever seem better than it was when YOU were younger. How many times have you heard your parents, aunts, uncles or grandparents say how great technology is today? NEVER. Are we wrong? Are they incorrect?
I asked an older woman what she stood up against in high school. She replied, "The Vietnam War." Whoa. Think about that for a quick second. That was probably in 1960's and she might be around 65 today. There's no doubt that life is better today, but she reminded me we still face some of the same problems in civil rights. I made a comment that you had women's rights issues back then and she said quickly, "We still do."
Here's what I took from today. I loved the support for our teens and I don't care whether they stand on the left or the right. I told ever teen that I could how proud of them I was. I witnessed teachers marching side by side with their students and saw grandparents walk with signs that read, "Protect My Grandchildren!"
I think people found a voice today and it probably felt great. People don't like change and that's why it takes a world to change a mindset sometimes. Do I think that a 19-year-old kid should have the right to own an assault rifle? No. Do I think banning them will change the outcome of what's to come? No. Do I think it's necessary to do something? Yes.
I tell my wife to keep her doors locked and purse with her at all times. Never give someone a reason to steal your stuff. Restricting gun laws doesn't take away your rights but maybe it limits the wrong person from grabbing a gun. I do my own research and don't waste my time on fake BS. Former President Obama isn't an alien from Mars and Elvis is dead. Tupac is dead. I let my common sense keep me grounded not alerts.
Where do we go from here?
Let these students stand up for what they believe. Support them standing. You don't have to agree with everything they say but at least let them know you are proud of them. We SHOULD teach our kids to stand up for themselves and have an opinion whether it's yours or not. Educate their thoughts with direction to the facts and let THEM decide what to believe.
Here's what I witnessed on Saturday, enjoy!