It’s been awhile since I’ve felt hope. Like, true, visceral, honest-to-God hope. In ANY form. And today that changed in Dayton, OH at the #marchforourlives rally downtown. Hearing so many young people standing up and saying #enough and not taking no for an answer was thrilling, inspiring, and emotional. These young people are smart, articulate, driven, and strong beyond belief and they deserve better. They deserve the chance to go to school without fearing for their lives. Arming teachers is literally the laziest and dumbest ideas out there. They are schools, NOT prisons. We owe it to those young people (and the hundreds of others from mass shootings) to TRY something. To TRY new laws and regulations and yes, maybe a ban on those “precious” assault-style rifles that no good hunter actually needs. It’s time to wake up from the fantasy gun-toting John Wayne macho BS and realize doing nothing is just that...nothing. No one is trying to take your guns away, we just want to make it harder for them to get in the wrong hands. What’s so awful about that? These kids are the face of that difficult multi-faceted conversation that is so desperately needed. Along with teaching kids empathy, compassion, mental health funding and research, increased background checks, domestic abuser bans. We have some of the most brilliant minds in the world, yet we are literally KILLING each other. Can we TRY something? These kids are saying YES and I’m finally hopeful for the future. The kind of future this generation is demanding.