It is truly fitting that the students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School should be leading a movement for gun safety. Ms.Douglas, who died in in 1998 at age 108, was largely responsible for stopping a jetport in the Everglades and preserving the park. Her book The Everglades: River of Grass, published in 1947, helped to raise public awareness in favor of Everglades conservation.
The Everglades was not declared a national park until 1947, and it remains under threat from water diversions, chemical laden agricultural runoff, and invasive species. Douglas knew that Everglades preservation was a tough fight, but she said: “I know I’ve got my enemies and I feel fine about it, thank you.”
Those kids who are fighting for gun safety laws also have their enemies. They are the N.R.A. and all the bought and paid for politicians, including Trump. It will be a tough fight, but I hope they take their school’s namesake as an inspiration.