The community in Parkland, Florida are preparing to burry their 17 friends, teachers, sons, daughters, and fathers. Like many, I’m filled with sadness and anger, devastation for these families and for this community.
And while my hearts and prayers go out to them, so does my voice and so does my vote.
The horrible truth is that we let down these innocent teachers and students. America, we let them down. And we need to do something to make sure this doesn’t happen again, to any other teacher, child, concert goer, movie goer, student, mall shopper. We need to stop this from happening in America.
We need to do more than disagree on Facebook and post statuses, we need to break the cycle.
We need to take political action.
Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries.
I know many Americans don’t believe gun reform will change this, but I’ve lived all over the world and I can say for a fact that no other country on earth has mass shootings and regularly or as painfully as we do.
That 17 year old child who had been expelled and was in a white supremacist group should not have been able to legally buy an AR-15 riffle.
And that’s why we need gun reform.
For those of you who don’t know, the bullets of an AR-15 don’t pierce you like normal bullets, they rip you apart. Which is why he was able to do so much damage in a little amount of time.
He had multiple magazines, meaning he could reload his gun within a second.
Teachers should never have to choose between taking a bullet for their student or watching their students die.
If you believe that statement, don’t vote for any politician who is in the pockets of the NRA.
Let’s vote these assholes out of government. Because right now,our government isn’t protecting us from shooters like this.
There have been 18 mass shootings since the start of 2018. EIGHTEEN!
It’s also unacceptable that the President of the United States addressed the nation on the Florida school shooting and didn’t mention guns once. There is a direct correlation between gun violence, mass shootings, and a lack of gun regulation.
We need to make noise.
Don’t let this moment pass, don’t let the news cycles jerk you around. Demand that your voice be herd and that we get the gun laws and protection we deserve.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
Do not accept this. These students, and teachers did all that they could to reprimand this child's behavior, this shooters behavior.
It is not any one of their faults. The shooter could not have done that type of irreversible damage if he couldn’t legally get his hands on that kind of rifle.
We also need to call out the media.
The shooter was white.
If he was latin the media and politicians would be talking about the need for a wall on the Mexican boarder.
If he was Arab, he would be called a terrorist. And the muslim ban and xenophobic ideologies towards refugees would be pushed.
If he was black, it wouldn’t be a gun control issues. It would be a “black men are all criminals” kind of issues.
But the shooter was white, and newspapers are already explaining that he might have had mental disorders and that he was struggling with a family loss.
Did you know what Osama Bin Laden was going though the year before 9/11? Did you know what any terrorist ever, was going through mentally, or at home before they recklessly stole the lives of innocent people?
Because it shouldn’t matter.
This shooter, this kid, this criminal, is a terrorist. He’s been tied to a white supremacist group and him, and that entire group should be charged with terrorism.
If we don’t call out white people in the same we would other races, we ignore the problem.
Stop ignoring the problem. Don’t let blood spill on anymore classroom floors.
My hearts go out to the students, teachers, and families in Parkland, Florida. I am so sorry for their losses. It goes out to the hero’s who died this week saving innocent children. I hope they rest in peace.
And in respect for the lives that were unnecessarily taken way too soon, I hope you, America, choose to do everything you can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” — JFK.
I’ll leave you with this quote, which I identify with so much in moments like this. Moment where I see the government not protecting it’s people.🔷
(This piece was first published on The Blog!)