This morning, I woke up to news that yet ANOTHER school shooting happened in America. But something about this story was different. The shooting took place at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut where a 20-year-old man, Adam Lanza, opened fire, killing 28 people, 20 of them children between the ages of five and 10 (death toll varies on different news reports, no official figure has been released yet). You can read various news stories here, here and here.
Children. Kids going to school who couldn’t have imagined this tragedy. Children who had no way of defending themselves. Many are saying that today is not today to discuss gun control laws. Many are worried that their weapons will be taken away from them. Sadly, they need not worry as I don’t see gun control laws actually changing.
To those who don’t think it’s a gun control problem, go and talk to the parents whose children have been murdered today. All they did was send their kids to school. They have a right to be safe at school. Hell they have a right to be safe in their neighbourhood and their homes. These kids will never grow up, graduate, fall in love, have children, discover their dreams.
And the children who are left behind; they lost their friends, they watched them die. They have lost their innocence. They will mostly likely feel scared and unsafe for the rest of their lives. Futures have been destroyed. And that’s not mentioning the teachers who have been lost in this terrible tragedy.
I’m sorry but this is absolutely the right time to be talking about gun control. Guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people. Take away the access to them. It’s really that simple. I know that this won’t eliminate gun crime completely, but it’s a start.
“As a country, we have been through this too many times”. This is what President Obama said in a press conference. Yes Mr President, this has happened far too many times. Unfortunately, the President of the United States of America doesn’t have enough power as a singular person to affect this kind of change, especially considering the House of Representatives and the Senate are filled with right wing conservatives in a gun lobby that is exceptional strong. Politicians can’t vote in favour of gun control, it is political suicide in America and they would be ousted in the next election.
I don’t know what the answer is. No matter how may times this happens, I will never know the answer. But this is not ok. This is bullshit.
If you agree with me, sign the Official Gun Control Petition. You don’t have to be American to do it.