I hate going to movie theaters.
When people ask me why, I tell them it’s because I hate being around strangers in the dark for so long. But that’s only part of the truth. The root of the fear comes from the fact that darkness masks shooters too easily. I should be able to go to the movies without this fear, but I can’t.
Kids all across America (including me) are terrified of going to school, a supposed “safe place” because they might not survive the 7-hour day.
Both of these fears should be irrational, but they aren’t. Not in this America.
What happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and at 17 other schools this year is devastating. No one can even begin to imagine the pain and suffering those teenagers are going through.
This is not a time to be silent.
402 kids, including those from school shootings, have been killed or injured because of gun violence this year. We’re only 2 months in! This number will continue to rise and grow, just like our fears, if nothing is done to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands.
So far the US government has made almost no move to make gun reforms, and the only ones that have been made are weak and won’t get passed or have loopholes. When it comes to people’s lives, the matter is not a political one, but a public safety one.
Extensive mental, drug, and background tests should always be taken before being sold a gun.
If you can’t drink until you’re 21, you should most definitely not be able to buy a gun underage.
Assault rifles are weapons of war; their only purpose is to kill people, and they should be banned from being sold along with bump stocks.
These are just a few of the biggest reforms that could so easily be made to prevent future shootings. But our government is scared to act and pass these laws.
Every day that goes by without action, more people’s lives are put at stake.
Just because the government is failing to make lasting gun reforms, doesn’t mean you have to stay silent. Whatever political party you may be, this is your fight. This is a fight for your children, a fight for your neighbor’s children, a fight for this country’s children, and a fight for yourself.
Call or write your representative/senator, sign petitions, volunteer for gun reform groups, if you can donate to said groups (links at the bottom of this post), protest, and participate in walk-outs. Also, it’s super important to educate yourself on gun reforms, why they’re needed, and what exactly needs to be done to get them in place. This way you can act on that education and raise awareness in those around you and your followers.
At this point in time, gun reforms are more than necessary, and it’s up to us to let that be known.
MARCHES/WALKOUTS TO PARTICIPATE IN
March 14: School Walkout @ 10 am. 17 Minutes for 17 Lives.
March 24: “March for Our Lives” in Washington D.C. (many cities around the US are holding sister marches, so look for ones near you!)
April 20: Full Day School Walkout @ 10 am.
PETITIONS TO SIGN
PLACES TO DONATE
HOW TO CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
Text REJECT to 64433
This was my first time ever calling a rep’s office, and this program makes it super easy!! It tells you exactly what to say and then connects you. Please do this, it takes no more than 2 minutes.
VIDEOS TO WATCH