On Wednesday, a 19-year-old entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and killed 17 people. And it was just another day in America.
It’s only been 45 days so far in 2018 and yet there have already been 18 school shootings (no, not shootings in general, school shootings). Two of which happened in elementary schools. One shooting where the gunman was a third-grader (that’s an eight-year-old if anyone has forgotten).
And yet what’s most disturbing is how commonplace these shootings have become. There’s usually a day or two of uproar and calls for gun reform from liberals and “thoughts and prayers” from conservatives and then we forget.
This time, the government didn’t even pretend to discuss gun control. Trump gave a vague statement of “we are here for you” and the Governor of Florida Rick Scott said we needed more funding for schools safety and mental illness. Would we even have to make schools more secure if guns weren’t so readily available?
President Obama pleaded with the government to do something, anything but his words were met with silence. He wrote on Twitter,
“We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.”
Even the children are begging for reform at this point. David Hogg, a survivor of the shooting said,
“Please! We are children. You guys are, like…the adults. Take action, work together, come over your politics, and get something done.”
There are no words that haven’t been said at this point, but as we all know, words are useless.
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