On February 14th, 2018, there was yet another mass school shooting South Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This heartbreaking act left 17 innocent victims dead, and many others wounded. This event has prompted acceptable outrage by many distraught citizens of America.
The sad truth of this event is that our government leaders are not taking enough precautions and measures that they need to in order to ensure the safety of our students and children. People are sick and tired of being afraid to go to school, and parents shouldn’t have to live in constant fear that they will drop their children off at school and never see them again. We need stricter gun control laws enforced and we need them now. We will not wait once again for another shooting to happen before our legislators decide to ponder creating new gun laws. We do not want this to happen again. We want to stop this pattern before tragedy strikes again. I am asking you to please use your voice to advocate for yourself and for the people of our country. We deserve safety.
In an article written by Devin Hughes and Mark Bryant right after the Parkland Shooting, the authors state that all of the research and data that has been collected all leads to the same results: “More guns mean more crime and more death”. Personally, I believe that this is completely accurate. We need change, and we need it now.
There is an absurd amount of evidence that points towards a serious problem with our gun control laws in America. In our country alone there have been at least 31 school shootings since the beginning of the 21st century. This is an outrageous amount of tragedies, and too many families have been torn apart by each and every one of them.
Yes, owning guns is often seen as or called a hobby. Hunting is indeed a hobby. Personally, I am not a fan of hunting and taking the lives of innocent animals. However, I can totally respect that it is a fair activity for people to participate in. However, hunters use rifles, sot Semi-Automatic weapons. Nobody has any reason whatsoever to own a Semi-Automatic gun, regardless of the circumstances.
We need to act. The time is now. Teenagers all around the nation are using their voices to stand up for what they believe in and for what is ultimately just. We all deserve to feel safe in this country, whether we are in classroom or in our homes. Please, use this time to help be the change. We are on the cusp of something big right now, and the more voices that are spoken, the better the odds are of being heard. There will never be a mass school shooting in our country again. Enough is enough. Never again.