NJ student march organizers pen op-ed to NRA: 'We won't let you win'
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Three New Jersey high school students helping to organize the state’s anti-gun violence march penned a Wednesday New York Times op-ed touting their generation’s political power following last month's Florida school shooting.

In the piece, “Dear National Rifle Association: We Won’t Let You Win. From, Teenagers,” Darcy Schleifstein, Zachary Dougherty and Sarah Emily Baum warn the National Rifle Association (NRA) that young Americans will use their financial and political power to ensure school safety by voting out lawmakers who accept donations from the group.

“We are Generation Z, the generation after millennials,” they write. “We outnumber them by nearly one million and may be the largest cohort of future American spenders since the baby boomers. We have more than $30 billion in spending power and wield enormous influence in family spending.”


Survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting are planning the “March for Our Lives” in Washington, D.C., on March 24 to call for stronger gun laws, and local marches have been planned for the same date nationwide.

Schleifstein, Dougherty and Baum are part of a 19-student group organizing New Jersey’s march, and write that they feel they must “band together” behind the Florida students.

They add that they will “flex [their] muscles at the ballot box,” and “will not forget the elected officials who turned their backs on their duty to protect children.”

In the piece, the three also pledge to support companies that have cut ties with the NRA or changed their gun-sale policies, a growing list in the weeks since the Florida shooting.

They also urge students, parents, school officials, lawmakers and others to participate in local anti-gun violence marches on the day of the nationwide movement.

“This isn’t about being aligned with one political party or another,” they write. “This is about protecting this nation’s children, whether they are related to you by blood, or whether they are children you have taught or nurtured.”