KEEP Meddling. Please.
February 14, 2018 is now a day everyone is going to remember. Not because it was Valentine’s Day, no not this year. But because it was a day of yet another mass school shooting in the United States. Personally, I was heartbroken, but I was sure that the same cycle as all other shootings was going to transpire in the media.
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We can all agree that mass shootings are horrible and should never happen. But no one can seem to agree on what causes them or how to stop them, for other reasons not relevant here. To this date there have been 18 instances of shootings/ guns firing unintentionally/ guns being accessed, so far this year. All completely avoidable occurrences.
Now why has this become the cycle regarding mass shootings? Why has this kind of occurrence become so normalized? Does not that break anyone else’s heart? Why is NOTHING changing?
These were the questions I kept asking myself the day of the shooting and all the days that have come after.
Luckily, however, that cycle has been broken. It’s been broken by a group of teenagers who are brave, furious, smart, and determined to get their message across. These teenagers are changing the conversation on gun control. Speaking as a college student that fears that my beloved school will experience a shooting, I want to be a part of the conversation. And so do many more others.
These teenagers have gone to the Florida capital urging them to enforce stricter gun laws, they’re conducting “March For Our Lives” on March 24, which will take place during a march in Washington, D.C. They’re planning a walkout of class on April 20th. They are starting a movement, one that transcends beyond schools and students.
As of two days ago, companies such as Delta airlines, United Airlines, Hertz, and Best Western have cuts ties with the NRA by removing discounts given to NRA members and asking for removal of information from the NRA website. The First National Bank of Omaha has decided not to renew a credit card exclusive for NRA members.
The NRA responded to these motions on twitter:
Well that is all good and fine. But let US be perfectly clear: WE WILL DEFEND OUR COLLECTIVE FREEDOM TO LIVE. These amazing and powerful teenagers are actually on the road to creating change. Now for the rest of us, let us keep the conversation going: go to these Marches, participate in the walk out. If this group of teenagers can influence this kind of change, we can certainly play our part by participating.