By Danielle Topol and Christina Dade

Imagine sending your child to school in a rush, not being able to say “Love you” or “Goodbye”, and those were the last words they never got to hear. You never know the day you’ll have to say goodbye.

In the year 2018, there have been over 10 school shootings. We average about one a week and 5 deaths per shooting. This past month there was the greatest mass shooting recorded.

How is it so easy for guns to get in the wrong hands? Think about the Sandy Hook shooting. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut. 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members. Even recently, the shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where formerly expelled student, Nikolas Cruz, killed seventeen students and seventeen more were wounded, making it one of the world’s deadliest school shootings. How is it legal for a 18 year old in Florida to legally buy a gun, but not legal for them to buy an alcoholic beverage?

People all over the world shouldn’t have to be worried about going to school. School is supposed to be a safe space, not a place where someone with an armed gun can walk in any second. Young kids should not have to go to school and worry about being shot.

Think about the amount of students sitting tightly packed, silent, in the corner of their classroom at this very moment. They’re holding their breath and are relived when the announcement comes across the loud speaker saying it’s just a drill. Think about the young elementary school kids who have been exposed to this fear. Think about the sound of gunshots children hear everyday. Think about the parents who receive the call saying their child has been killed. Think about the children that have to attend their best friend’s funeral because of guns getting in the wrong hands And the worst of it all: think of the people who must watch their friends, classmates, and teachers die right in front of them.

Dear NRA,

This gun violence needs to come to a stop. We need stricter gun laws, and we need to stop letting dangerous people obtain guns. You say you give your thoughts and prayers, but that’s not going to be the solution to gun violence. Next time you sit down to write a law, think about the 5 kids who are currently sitting in a pool of their own blood because you couldn’t act quickly enough.

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