Two months ago, a tragedy occurred in Newtown, Connecticut. A young man in possession of a gun went through the school, firing. In the process, many students and several teachers were killed. On Valentine’s Day, people from all over New Jersey gathered at a rally at Morristown Green to support changes to our gun laws.
There’s something attracting about the sight of a crowd – people see a few people gathered, they come over to see what it’s all about, then some more people see a fair group of people and get curious, and so on. That’s what happened at the rally. By the time it actually started, there was quite a crowd gathered in the green.
To begin with, there was a singing of the National Anthem. Then, there were a few speeches, honoring those who had died in Newtown and explaining briefly how and why gun laws needed to be changed.
One of the biggest issues seemed to be what sort of guns are sold today. I thought this was summed up perfectly by N.J. Sen. Barbara Buono: “If you need an assault rifle to hunt deer, then maybe hunting isn’t really your sport and you should take up golfing instead.”
After the speeches, the youth choir from Bethel AME Church came onto the stage and sang some songs about peace and faith. Then, candles started getting handed out, which were to be lit in the evening.
Unfortunately, I did not get to see the end because my parents had to drag me to an appointment elsewhere. However, I hope this profound event can promote some true change in our society.
Carl Hausman, 12, is a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, and a seventh-grader at Mount Olive Middle School in Budd Lake.
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