Our future depends on a generation that is anything but silent

Our future depends on a generation that is anything but silent

Gun Rights

In a time when our teenagers are often labeled as addicted to the digital world and unwilling to engage beyond the confines of social media, I find it inspiring and hopeful to see the contrary as our students take it upon themselves to get involved in civic responsibility. At the same time, I find it disheartening to see so many who are willing to criticize students for doing so, with much of this criticism taking place on social media and spewed from the same fingertips of those who routinely bemoan how the “younger generation” is too busy texting and tweeting to do anything productive. Whether you support tougher gun legislation or see it as a threat to the Second Amendment; whether you believe it’s their First Amendment right as students to voice their opinion or merely see it as a political ploy urged on by a liberal agenda: Discouraging our youth from exercising their civic duty fosters the kind of apathy and disengagement that led us to where we are in the first place. The one common denominator among the majority of Americans regardless of political affiliation, right or left, or racist or humanitarian, is a frustration with Congressional leaders and their apparent inability to govern beyond special interests and self-preservation. Since 1972, according to a study by the Bipartisan Policy Center, voter participation went from nearly 61 percent in 1968, to hovering around an average of 53 percent, including a low of just 49 percent in 1996 — […]

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