Everyone stop and watch, take a listen. She has a powerful message. This is my generation, as a young adult, and I'm proud to be a part of this movement ✌🏼️ I stand with Emma Gonzalez, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and those who lost their lives last week to end mass shootings #emmagonzalez#currentevents#news#gunlaws#parkland
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“They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS!” Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez calls on President Trump and lawmakers to tighten gun restrictions in an impassioned speech at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale
I was not raised around guns, and never had the opportunity to shoot one until I was 21 years old. It was my first time visiting my boyfriend's family home in Michigan, and we were set up on his porch in the backyard. Despite all the reassurances and instructions from him and his brothers, I was terrified to hold it, much less aim or pull the trigger. Before I could even take my first shot, a little blue butterfly landed on my hand. It looked so strange, this tiny symbol of peace beside a deadly weapon. I was so surprised that I immediately lowered the rifle and snapped a photo. I didn't think much more of it at the time, but the experience has always stuck with me. Now, the image of innocence against violence has taken on new meaning in the current political climate.
Today marks the first March for Our Lives, brought on by the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the terrible increase in school shootings and gun violence in the United States. Its goal is to force Congress to address gun safety and regulations, and to pass comprehensive and effective legislation to end the epidemic of mass school shootings.
As their mission statement states, "school safety is not a political issue." Whether or not you believe in an individual's right to own a firearm, there is no arguing that students should feel safe and confident in their learning environment. A national ban on bump stocks and limiting clip capacity are steps in the right direction, but ironically the most important drive for change is the very thing that grieving, protesting students are being robbed of -- an education. Requiring wait times and extensive gun safety training before the purchase of a gun is vital, and these courses must be run by people who aren't interested in making money by selling you the gun in the first place (as they currently are now). Because I truly believe it is long past the time for change, and that safety in schools is a right far above a person's ability to carry a gun, I stand with the #marchforourlives#enough
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It’s very sad the youth/parents/everyone have this uprising scare of gun violence to deal with in their schools/communities/lives. Deeper gun education and mental health awareness and prevention practices are needed for a bigger change, not just the banning of assault weapons. But who’s willing to do it?
It’s easy to come and hold up a sign to help send a message, but who is willing to open themselves up to listen or hear the opposite side to actually know what’s needed for change?
Are we going to keep exiling every person who is against our side of the issue (the “good” or the “bad” side)? We need more conversation so we really know the best way to tackle this problem. It’s like trying to fix a car with only reading half the manual.
Gun violence is never okay, and there is a solution if we want it. And it takes more than just holding a sign and letting the government or hoping other people actually make that change happen.
Let’s rise above this with total understanding, compassion, and openness
Photo cred to the awesome @bobby_mcg24