“U.S. Attorney John Fishwick Jr. is encouraging students to make a pledge against gun violence,” Virginia’s wsls.com reports. “Fishwick and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives talked to kids at Patrick Henry High School on Friday about guns and violence in the area. He asked them to sign a pledge committing themselves to ending gun violence in their school, community and across the country.”Strangely, the pledge.org‘s webpage doesn’t reveal its financial backers. Anyway, here it is:
I will never bring a gun to school;
I will never use a gun to settle a personal problem or dispute;
I will use my influence with my friends to keep them from using guns to settle disputes.
My individual choices and actions, when multiplied by those of young people throughout the country, will make a difference. Together, by honoring this pledge we can reverse the violence and grow up in safety.
“I certainly believe it makes a difference,” Fishwick asserted. “If I spend time with this and we can convince one student not to make a bad decision with a gun, we can potentially save one life. Then it’s worth all the effort were taking. And that’s how I view it. That’s the best way to try to impact lives.” Amen?