“Welcome, sweet (Youth)! We (thank) thee in song, Murmurs of (marches) fall on the ear,

Voices long (quiet) now their full notes prolong Echoing far and near.” (Welcome Sweet Springtime)

Folks throughout the U.S.A should thank young people for spearheading marches against gun violence and beseeching the U.S. government to enact stricter laws regarding gun availability/purchases.  Sadly, Pennsylvania’s Republican Senator Santorum was quoted as saying: “How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations where there is a violent shooter and you can actually respond to that?”  Good grief. “Fools rush in where angels dare not tread.” (“Fools Rush In” lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Rube Bloom)

Thank goodness, physicians and others ridiculed/attacked Santorum’s comment, pointing out that CPR would not save a shooting victim with “catastrophic bleeding.”  If ignorance is bliss, Santorum and his support-the-N(ot)-R(ational)-Association-no-matter-what pundits should be happy.

Hopefully, large numbers of people will continue to march, write, speak and vote for stricter gun regulations as well as vote to remove NRA advocates/protectors from office.  

”Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”  (George Eliot, pen name for Mary Anne Evans, 1819-1880; English; novelist, poet, journalist, translator).

“Although the world is very full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”  (Helen Keller, 1880-1968; American author and lecturer, political activist and the first blind and deaf woman to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.)

“There is no problem that we can’t solve if we can corral our resources behind it.  That means people that means money, that means the good will and cooperation of a large segment of the people.” (Coretta Scott King, 1927-2006; African American; author, activist, Civil Rights leader, singer, and the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

 “Whoever knocks persistently ends by entering.”  (Ali, 600-661; Arabian caliph; cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam)

“Work together for the benefit of all Mankind…” (Native American Ten Commandments)

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968; African American; Civil Rights leader, theologian, and educator)

*Thank you in Spanish, Polish, Yiddish, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Arabic and Korean

This article first appeared in the RoundTable on April 4, 2018.

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...