East Millstone Residents Share Thoughts On D.C. March 4 Our Lives

Martha March, Peter March, Patti Sofran, and Robin Scudder before boarding the bus to Washington, D.C. Photo: Patti Sofran.

Editor’s Note: East Millstone residents Martha and Peter March, Roboin Scudder and Patti Sofran attended the March 4 Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on March 24. Following are their impressions.

Patti Sofran: What sets this apart from the 2017 amazing Women’s March, which we also attended, was listening to the powerful and determined voices of teenagers who are very determined to be the drivers of change in legislative gun control reform. As baby boomers (who revolutionized civil rights and women’s rights in the 1960s) we did not have the impact on gun control legislation. We joined the March for Your Life in D.C. to hear the voice of teenagers, to mourn with them, and show support of their goals. These students know the power behind the vote and won’t rest until assault rifles are illegal. Joining 800,000 marchers was an exhilarating and energizing experience.

Robin Scudder: I was in awe the moment the Parkland students reached out through their grief and anger with such eloquence and focus, and uniting with other youth who share their experience. For me, they have rekindled hope and unity with a determination that has struck deep into our spirits. I marched with my friends to witness that we all can come together for change. We can bring sanity, healing and rationality for children’s safety- beginning with banning assault weapons, and universal background checks. We came together with hope for our future.

Martha March: The March For Our Lives event was affirming and uplifting for me. These very eloquent public school educated young adults cut through the propaganda the gun lobby has been floating and succinctly stated the facts. The decision is either to continue giving money to the gun industry or to save American lives. Because of this next generation of voters I now have faith the country will make the right decision.


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