As most of you may know, this past weekend students, teachers and other civilians gathered for March for Our Lives. A peaceful protest for gun control.
That’s great and I absolutely support that movement but there are a few things about it that need to be addressed.
First and foremost (and I have said this many times before) wanting more gun control does not necessarily mean take away all guns. A lot of people feel that asking for gun control means that the 2nd amendment is being revoked and in the majority of situations that is not at all the case. Yes, many people want the world to be strictly gun free and I understand that. However, I personally feel that this will never happen. Not with the military. Not with how hard it is to even get a little gun reform, and not with the right to carry being a part of the Constitution.
On the other hand, I understand why some people want to be able to carry concealed weapons or have them in their homes. The world is dangerous and you never know what could happen. I totally understand that and I get it. I’m not against that at all. What I am against, is the fact that it takes less than 10 minutes to get a gun with no real background check and the fact that they are so easily accessible.
After the school shooting in Florida, Trump tweeted that the issue wasn’t guns, it was mental illness. He called the shooter “mentally disturbed.” As we’ve seen over the past few years, any mass shootings that happen at the hands of white men are blamed on mental illness so let’s say that that is the cause. If these men are so “mentally disturbed”, then why is it so easy for them to get their hands on guns? Why aren’t there any precautions in place to prevent it from happening over and over again? Cause in case no one has noticed…. IT KEEPS HAPPENING. The sad thing is that school shootings happen damn near all the time in America. What I mean by that is someone opening fire in a school is not uncommon. Most people don’t know that though because the stories without fatalities don’t make the national news.
If mental health is the issue here as many people claim that it is, then why has no one done anything about it? If that’s the source of the problem then we should start there right? That’s one of the many problems with this country. People are “uncomfortable” talking about shit that matters. Stigma surrounding mental illness is something that people have been working to reduce for a very long time. But the people who are standing in their way are the ones who don’t want to accept change. They want to sweep the issues under the rug and smile and wave like everything is fine which ultimately does more harm than good.
I also can’t help but notice that if the shooter had been black or brown, the words “mental illness” would not have been brought up at all. Instead it would be “thug” or “terrorist” but when you’re white you get a pass.
On top of all of that it seems that this revolution for gun reform is new but it’s not. People have been calling for gun reform for years. Particularly black people, but no one wanted to listen. But when the spokesperson is a little white girl now everyone is on board. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Emma Gonzalez and I love what she stands for. She herself, along with other Parkland survivors have noticed that the gun violence in black/brown communities has gone ignored. But I need to know…if you care so much now that Emma has spoken, where were you before?
Oh an another thing….If you are religious and prayers are your thing, good for you. I’m glad that you have something to believe in that helps you in tough times. However, “thoughts and prayers” are not the solution to every problem. They may help ease our minds but we also need to know that they are not the sole solution to situations that require action.
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