February 14th, 17 kids lost their lives to a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. 17 kids’ lives ended in a place where they were supposed to feel safe and learn. A place they were supposed to graduate from and move on in life. There have been 14 school shootings this year, 2018, when children were wounded or killed. Nothing has changed.
Innocent victims’ lives are being taken, and all we have done is practice lockdown drills which teach us to sit in a room waiting with anxiety building up inside. Teenagers should worry about relationships and drama, not whether if they are going to come home after school.
Bullets are tearing through our skin faster than we can solve an algebra equation. How many of us have to die before things change? How many of us have to sacrifice everything? Things need to change the gun laws need to change.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched on Saturday, March 24th, to call for action on gun violence. Most of them were kids, marching for their lives, questioning if they will be next. Is this the future? Kids are now involved in their own safety instead of being in a place where they are suppose to learn, where they are going to learn their life lessons to grow up. Who knows if we won’t even be able to watch our own kids grow up?
Kids want to be heard; our voices matter and we want a change. We don’t want our lives or our loved ones’ lives taken from us. Kids have walked out of school, have chanted, protested, and it’s not going to stop until our lives aren’t getting sacrificed. Congress needs to listen to our screaming and need to stop the pain. The only thing The White House could say was, “We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today.” How is that helping us? How is it saving the lives that are being ripped from us?
17 kids were killed on a day that is supposed to be celebrated with love, a day where you get to spend time with your loved ones, but 17 kids didn’t get to go home that day. The silence is hurting us more than a bullet could ever do. Enough is enough.
March for Our Lives
“March for Our Lives Highlights: Students Protesting Guns Say ‘Enough Is Enough’.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 26 Mar. 2018, mobile.nytimes.com/2018/03/24/us/march-for-our-lives.html?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F.
School Shootings This Year
Ahmed, Saeed, and Christina Walker. “There Has Been, on Average, 1 School Shooting Every Week This Year.” CNN, Cable News Network, 24 Mar. 2018, www.cnn.com/2018/03/02/us/school-shootings-2018-list-trnd/index.html.
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