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Letter to the Editor: It is imperative to feel safe

A school walk out is being organized by a group of seniors at Ballston Spa High School. This walk out is in response to the many school shootings in the US, specifically that at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The walk out will be held on Wednesday, March 14th, beginning at 10:00am and lasting for 17 minutes, for the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting.

We believe that it is imperative for students, faculty, and staff to feel safe at school in order to ensure a successful learning environment. However, the fear of gun violence is constantly in the back of the minds of many students and teachers, thus preventing such an environment. To qualm this fear, steps must be taken towards increased regulations of firearms, particularly military-grade, assault rifles. The steps we are advocating do not include a ban of all firearms-simply a more rigorous purchasing process, a change of the federal minimum age at which one can purchase any firearm to the age of 21, and the prevention of civilians from purchasing weapons of war.

Our walk out is intended to start a conversation about this significant topic and the necessary steps to prevent gun violence in schools and elsewhere. As young adults, we are entering an influential point in our lives during which our voices can be heard by voting in upcoming elections. We encourage all citizens of at least 18 years of age to not only register to vote, but to vote in both local and federal elections, so that they can make themselves heard.

We hope that we, as citizens, can come together and works towards a concrete solution for this concern that affects us all.

Please consider making a donation to the March for Our Lives that is being organized by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, or any other cause that will provide aid to the Parkland community.

Joe McDonald, Izzy Rutkey, and Joe Vesic
Ballston Spa

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