In Case You Weren’t There

Student Gun Protests, Washington, USA - 24 Mar 20183 Signs that the March was imminent-

  1. When I read the “funnies” in the morning newspaper, three comics were about gun violence.
  2. I spied a little old lady in a puffy warm coat and expensive handbag, with her thumb out to hitch a ride on Wisconsin Avenue.
  3. A middle aged plus lady stood at the subway station entrance handing out brown paper bags with snacks and water bottles in them, for free.

Once there, in a crowd of all ages, mostly but not all white, strollers, kids on their parent’s shoulders, dogs, wheelchairs… wielding signs ranging from professionally printed to the cardboard of a cereal box flattened out this morning.

Signs I read at the March-

  • Veterans for common sense- children over gun companies
  • (In front of the White House) Finland is free without guns. And they have more gold medals.
  • Politics can be different- Thoughts and Prayers (crossed out, and underneath-) Policy and Change
  • A Christian for gun control- Isiah 2:4

(The famous swords into plowshares verse.)

  • Be the table-flipping Jesus you wish to see in the world

(I had to look that one up.  It’s Matthew 21:12 “Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.

  • It’s so bad, even introverts are here
  • (around a dog’s neck:) Biscuits not bullets
  • Grab ‘em by the mid-terms
  • Actually, guns do kill people

And over and over,

  • Enough

And for the teachers-

  • Pack lunch, not heat
  • Guns are not school supplies
  • If we expect our teachers to have guns, we should expect our Presidents to read books
  • A teacher’s worst nightmare should be no lesson plans

And the dark, dark humor:

  • There are better ways to reduce class size.

 

 

(Photo is of Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C. March 24, 2018 Variety.)

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12 thoughts on “In Case You Weren’t There

  1. Thank you for this post-march post. I wish I could have been there. The signs are fabulous. That last one is gallows humor. ❤️

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  2. I laughed at some, gasped at some, and nodded at some. I am so glad you shared this experience with us!

    And, thank-you for capturing the person handing out bags. It reminds me so much of Meg Cabot’s 9/11 blog. If you’ve never read it, stop now and Google it. It’s so amazing. Anyway, she mentioned that the ladies who do pedicures were handing out free flip-flops to people walking by carrying their heels that day, and that’s how she knew things were serious. It made me think of the ways we can come together and support one another– like that.

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  3. Thank you for providing a glimpse into the atmosphere at today’s March. My husband and twin teenagers drove down to participate, so I appreciate your vivid descriptions of the signs and the people in attendance.

    “If we expect our teachers to have guns, we should expect our Presidents to read books” is classic.

    I think of all the emphasis and excitement I put on reading books, finding books, etc. and then to have a so-called leader of our country mocking reading instead of modeling it, is a disgrace.

    Powerful memories, hopefully with change to follow.

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  4. My husband and I marched in Doylestown, PA. I was sick for both of the Womens’ Marches, and I refused to miss this one. I was born at the end of the Boomer era, and I can’t help but feel that my generation is responsible for this chaos, as we slept through all of the negative changes that have happened in our country.
    I was stunned and thrilled to see how many people were there, at least 1,000 strong. All ages. Some with signs and some without. All respectful of each other and the movement. I had a hard time raising my voice during the March, as emotions bubbled to the surface and choked me each time I tried.
    Now that we have been to one, we will march again. Things have to change, and this generation, these kids are leading the way. I am so proud of them, and proud to have participated in the shaping of this generation as well.
    Best.

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  5. I was at a march today, too. It’s so fun to hear about other people’s experiences. I hadn’t seen that last sign you wrote about. It’s a powerful ending to your piece.

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  6. I’m stopping by to read so many posts about the marches. Three generations from our family marched today in Seattle – my daughter, her son, and my husband. Thanks for sharing the signs from the march. It’s time for change.

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