The March for Our Lives will be held all over the country today. The survivors of the horrific Parkland shooting and their families will be attending the march in Washington D.C. to send their message to the members of Congress.
The Boston Globe reports that the New England Patriots lent them their official airplane. Robert Kraft, owner of the popular NFL Team, agreed to send the plane for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and their families at the request of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her former astronaut husband Mark Kelly.
The former congresswoman, who is herself a personal survivor of gun violence, has been an outspoken advocate for gun reform. She was the victim of an assassination attempt and suffered a gunshot to the head which she eventually recovered from. Numerous people were injured and six were killed by the gunman. Since then, Giffords has been calling for meaningful legislative gun reform.
“Not only did their friends and teachers get shot and killed, other friends shot and injured … most of them they had bullets flying over their heads. This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age,” Mark Kelly told The Washington Post.
Kelly added; “They wanted to go to Washington and be heard, and so I felt it was our obligation to help them.”
All Americans should support their students and pressure their representatives to take action.