N.C. State Senate candidate says we must listen and learn from young people
LENOIR, N.C. – Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina State Senate District 46, today said that the student-led “March For Our Lives” scheduled tomorrow in Washington D.C. and other communities, including Lenoir (1-3 p.m. downtown), is an inspiration, but also a challenge to elected officials. “A half a million people or more are expected in our nation’s capital tomorrow. This student-led movement is inspiring. And, it can not be ignored any more than the ongoing slaughter of children and others by domestic terrorists can be ignored. We have reached the tipping point. It is has taken our children to awaken our elected officials. I am proud to have called for banning assault weapons and offered other measures designed to mitigate the threats of more gun violence.”
He added, “It’s an honor to stand with these wise young people.”
He continued, “Our children are leading. They are counting on their elected officials to not bow to the gun lobby any longer. The primary reason I wish to serve in the North Carolina Senate is to provide principled and reasoned leadership. This must be my first commitment – to lead.”
He continued, “Clearly, this is an urgent matter that requires courageous leadership, including standing firm against the gun lobby.” In a statement on the website of March for Our Lives, the organizers say, “On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. Join us in DC or march in your own community.”
Sherwood asserted “To turn a deaf ear to this heartfelt plea is to abdicate our moral responsibility to ensure that, first and foremost, our children are safe.”
Senate District 46 includes Avery, Burke and Caldwell counties.