This week, on March 20th (Tuesday), Kellye Burke came to speak to the delegation my school is sending to the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.; Burke is a representative of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America. Pictured above is a photograph I took with her (left) as well as a photograph from the beginning of her presentation (right).
Burke's presentation was thoughtful, insightful and informative. She spoke primarily on myths regarding the arguments presented by those who do not feel gun control legislation necessary. Among these myths Burke spoke of was, "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is good guy with a gun", Burke presenting statistics on how many instances a 'good guy with a gun' had actually done this (the answer is once). Besides deconstructing the arguments of the more radical gun owners and members of the NRA, Burke also touched on how America is disproportionally prone to gun violence compared to other western countries, especially in cases of domestic abuse and violence towards women.
I was thankful that Burke brought women into the conversation, but was disappointed that she did not address gun violence towards Black and Brown individuals in America. She said something about race in one sentence, but said that we could talk about it "later" with our teachers. I firmly believe that race needs to be a factor in this new wave of activism that has come with the Parkland shooting and subsequent movement on part of the surviving students. If leaders such as Burke do not bring race into the conversation, we are doing our nation a disservice.