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My friend Karen Caplan, CEO of Frieda’s, the specialty produce company, has a weekly blog in which she writes about a wide variety of issues, from the importance of giving blood to her recent trip to South Africa. It’s a fun read.

This week’s is something special, and you can read it here.

In it, Karen writes about her recent attendance at the annual Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV) luncheon in Los Angeles, which has been held for two decades. She writes specifically about 9-year-old Madison Rude, who spoke at the luncheon.

An excerpt:

“Madison told the story of when she and her dad, Steven, were at Barnes & Noble bookstore a few months ago. Passing by the magazine rack, she noticed more than 20 magazines promoting guns, photos of guns, guns sales, etc. She asked her dad why Barnes & Noble was selling gun-oriented magazines and displaying them at eye level where young children could see and pick them up. He didn’t have an answer.

“So they discussed it, and when they got home, Madison wrote a letter to the CEO of Barnes & Noble asking him to move the magazines. And then she waited. She never got a response. She actually called and emailed his office multiple times over the next few weeks, but never heard anything back.

“But when they went back to that very same Barnes & Noble several weeks later, Madison noticed that almost all of the gun-oriented magazines had been moved to another display area out of the sight of young children.”

There is lots more to the blog posting, but (spoiler alert!) here’s what she concludes:

“These young people will speak up and fearlessly confront the most difficult issue with courage and conviction.

“Watch out world. They’re coming to change everything.”
KC's View:
Everything. And I’m totally okay with that.