I am so amazed by the movement the current young generation has inspired in our country. The Parkland school shooting has displayed a phenomenal action of young adults taking a stand against the poison that needs to be removed from our country, and that’s the misuse of firearms. Yes, we have the right to bear arms in the U.S., yet the 2nd amendment is being exploited by those claiming to carry weapons for the sake of protection, only to use it against our most vulnerable citizens-children. So many protests across the country is a clear message to everyone that it’s time to stop ignoring the safety of our students. Children and their families should not have to go to school fearing that they may never come home. Firearms should be owned and used properly by citizens. The fact that the safe use of weapons is getting twisted into a cycle of fighting and debate is what’s going to lead to indifference, which will lead to the next mass school shooting. The push for change is always in motion.
It’s a brand new week, and for some people, it’s a return to some semblance of routine. For the children in Parkland, Florida, it’s resuming the act of returning to school after the horror of a school shooting taking place. The act of returning to routine is overshadowed by the loss of life. Friends and teachers will be honored by many, while there will be others who will continue the debate on what the ‘right’ thing to do will be in the gun control debate. Some students in Parkland expressed their deep concern on returning to school, that they will not come back until they have complete reassurance that they are returning to a safe environment in their school. My only hope is that an issue as important as safety in schools will never be forgotten as time passes. Many people tend to turn their attention elsewhere as days go by, and other issues come to the forefront. Safety in schools must always be present.
I watched the CNN town hall special centered on the Parkland school shooting last night. It was truly heartbreaking to hear students’ questions, especially those who lost friends right before their eyes. It was equally tragic to hear the words of the politicians who visited the meeting, as they were pledging to create laws on gun control in the weeks ahead. It’s another sign of the cycle of violence and indifference taking place once again. The assault rifle ban should have been renewed years ago. It may have prevented the deaths of innocent children and teachers who protected their lives.
Another topic that’s emerged is our President considering allowing teachers to carry a weapon as they’re working. As a teacher, I never thought that the idea of carrying a concealed weapon would be added to the responsibilities I take on with my students. I dedicated my life to teach children to support one another, and expand on their knowledge. Carrying a weapon while teaching will not solve the assault rifle ban dilemma. Children will fall under the constant threat of dangerous people carrying assault weapons, coupled with the constant threat of gunfire should an anxious educator fires their weapon improperly. Given that the spokeswoman of the NRA has children of her own, I can only hope that she would realize the tragedy of the gun control debate soon enough.
Another school shooting has taken place in our country. This time at a high school in Kentucky. Children killing children, while we all move on with our lives: the latest trends, what movies were the best in 2017, what shows we’re going to watch tonight. School shootings are so commonplace in the US that it doesn’t even take precedence in the news anymore.
Gun control? Nope. ‘Too inappropriate to discuss’ our government leaders say, or ‘Now is not the time’. Wait for the right moment to address. Some time passes, weeks, months, and sadly, another shooting takes place again. Which begins the cycle of grief, loss, and avoidance once again.
Our children’s safety should not be placed in the back burner. Gun violence in schools has gone on for too long for our government officials to keep setting the issue aside. Families should not have to worry about sending their children to school, and wonder if they’ll come home that day. Our children’s lives are not an afterthought.