Letter from Andrea Torrey Balsara

You KNOW you are right, so don’t doubt that. You KNOW that the gun violence that’s been a threat to every school child is a lapse of moral judgement. This isn’t about the right to carry a gun; it’s about the right to go to school without fear. It’s about the right to grow up, without being gunned down by an instrument designed for war. Don’t let any of the “adults” who want to maintain the status quo make you doubt yourselves. You are in a righteous fight, and at this moment in history, YOU are powerful: you are the young, the innocent, and the wronged. And you barely escaped with your lives, while many of your classmates did not. You have the ear of the world. Finally, people are waking up to the propaganda. They are waking up to the evil of uncontrolled violence. They waking up to the fact that their government has been a puppet of a powerful lobby group, the NRA. Now is the time to speak up. Shout, if you need to. Don’t be afraid. And even if you are afraid, do it anyway. Because your country needs you. The children of your country need you. And we are with you. Please let me know if there is anything more I can do. I am praying for you; I am praying that your youthful idealism is the spur that will cause the United States to finally unite.

Andrea Torrey Balsara, Author/Illustrator

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