Katherine Grenier, KG Body
Our government was founded "By the people, for the people" and has given us the Right to Freedom of Speech — this is a privilege most other nations do not have. But as such, we must not take this gift for granted, and each and every American must stand up and exercise their duty as citizen to make sure their voice is heard. We can not leave these matters to be decided for us. The system does not work this way and if left to its own devices, it will listen to anyone who talks, even if they do not have the best intentions. Right now that's the NRA. The NRA and its bank account has the loudest voice of the people. This is not okay with me. The child with the loudest cry gets all of the attention. So we must become the loudest cry. We must make ourselves be heard as a people in order to make a change! We've done this before as a nation — women's rights, African American rights, gay rights — we've cried out for change before! Now we cry out for one of the most basic human rights — the right to feel safe to walk down your own street at night, to laugh and dance, to grow and learn — all with peace of mind for our everyday safety. Voices must be heard, laws must be changed, rules must be enforced. But we have to start by speaking up.