When I decided to go to boarding school in Canada I never considered my choice to be safer than going to school in the United States. However, following the news of yet another school shooting in the United States this past Wednesday, being a student in the US is increasingly more dangerous. As someone who calls the United States home, I'm horrified.
Over the past three days, I've watched the world react to the horror of what happened in Parkland. Once again the NRA has gone quiet. Once again the world is outraged. Once again the President of the United States has made it very clear that he is not going to act. Donald Trump in his address of the event, made a vague promise to "tackle the difficult issue of mental health," but that was it. No mention of gun control, no mention of the NRA. Although it is beside the point, I feel it merits mentioning that Trump's current financial plan includes major budget cuts in regards to mental health funding.
Although it is very clear that Donald Trump's inability to act is a major part of this problem, the blame does not fall entirely on him. The blame also falls on those politicians who accept money from the NRA. The blame also falls on those in positions of power who continuously turn a blind eye to these tragedies. The blame also falls on those who sell firearms to people without any sort of background check. The blame also falls on those who refuse to see this as a pattern, who refuse to see guns as the problem.
Let's get this out in the open: guns are the problem. Let me say it again just so it sinks in. Guns are the problem. The United States owns almost 50% of the world's civilian used guns. The United States also has the highest amount of mass shootings. This is an obvious correlation. So why do we keep ignoring it?
I am writing this because I don't want to forget. I don't want to let this shooting become just another number. I want this to be over. I don't want to turn on the news to anymore lives lost at school. I don't want to read about anymore mass shootings. As a young American I am begging the government to protect us. To protect our children. Safety is a basic human right, guns are not.
No parent should have to worry whether their child will make it home from school. Being a teacher should not be considered to be a dangerous profession. I should not have to worry whether or not my 9 year old brother will make it through his school day. An education should not compromise a child's safety. It just shouldn't.
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