TIME Magazine is known throughout the world for its iconic covers and the way the powerful images encapsulate the emotions and energy of particular moments of history. They may never have a greater success as they have with this month’s cover, which features a collection of students turned activists who survived the horrifying massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, where seventeen people were ruthlessly gunned down this past Valentine’s Day.
Their stoic faces, etched with somber determination and quiet anguish, say it all. But in case the point wasn’t clear enough already, the one-word caption spells it out for the world to see.
— TIME (@TIME) March 22, 2018
Enough is enough.
It should have been enough after the massacre at Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Virginia Tech, after Aurora, after San Bernadino, after Pulse, after Vegas.
The list of places forever marked by the gruesome killings committed there is ever growing. With each new entry to the endless chronicle, our national shame grows exponentially larger; after all, only a deeply dysfunctional and fundamentally unhealthy society would sit back and do nothing as these horrifying acts play themselves out again and again and again and again.
But that’s just what we have built for ourselves. The issue of gun violence, like all the other cancers that have turned our nation into a grotesque parody of the idealistic vision of a good and just America that we still cling to out of sheer desperation – not to mention delusion – is inextricably linked to the insidious corruption in our political system.
Republican politicians reliant on both the donation money from the National Rifle Association and the preposterous anti-government narratives of gun rights activists as a culture-war sledgehammer have made it nearly impossible to for Democrats to take any action, and they’ve proven that they are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the blood money flowing.
But it appears that for once it’s looking like momentum is building and we might be able to accomplish something substantial. The March for Our Lives is taking place this Saturday, March 24th, led by the Parkland survivors. They are spearheading this movement, and it appears the whole nation is ready to hear their message.
Enough is enough.