We should all be encouraged by the show of interest that the young people of this nation have taken in voicing their concerns and opinions since the Parkland shootings. Their determination to peacefully seek change in our laws and exercise their First Amendment rights should be an example to us all.
Each one of us has the ability to bring about a change in our violent culture by boycotting violence. We can stop playing violent video games. We can stop paying for movies at the theater and home that treat hatred, guns, and killing as entertainment. We can stop buying books and magazines that desensitize us to violence.
We can take note of commercial sponsors of TV programs that glorify violence and stop buying their products. And tell them why we’ve stopped. Money can be a powerful tool that we as individuals can use to make our voices heard. If you are unable to take part in a protest or March you can certainly choose to make a change by starving out violence.
Send a message. Violence isn’t entertainment. Refuse to pay for it.