Enough is Enough

NYC's Youth Poet Laureate William Lohier Takes on Gun Violence

NYC Youth Poet Laureate William Lohier has powerful words pertaining to the Parkland mass shooting and the movements that have come from it.

The February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was one of the 10 deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history and has sparked an aggressive national movement demanding stricter gun reform.

The NRA and 2nd Amendment supports have been critical of the marches, movements and public demonstrations, but there is no denying that the demand for gun-related measures is stronger than ever.

“When school shootings have become an American promise, when the Second Amendment chokes bullets into bodies, we were not taught that students could become soldiers at any time. ‘A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ We march because those words are worth more than our lives,” Lohier mused.

The poet laureate’s powerful words imply that the messages of the Parkland student survivors and their supporters are more powerful than their critics think. Though they may be young, the individuals who have been predominantly affected by these mass shootings are making their intentions to change the country clear — and their mission can’t be stopped.