It is important to have passions. To defend them. To believe their importance.
It is important to be well-read. To know that what you say is accurate. So others will believe your words.
It is important to speak through tough times. To stand up for what is right. For those who can't.
My words are now out here among all of the other words that have come up in light of what happened in Florida two weeks ago, what happened in Oregon two years ago, what happened in Colorado twenty years ago.
I'm not going to have another debate about guns with people who don't see the hypocrisy of the legislators in Washington, D.C. Until they are both anti-gun and anti-abortion, their opinions about either topic mean nothing to me. You can't be pro-gun and pro-life. Please tell me these are not opposite policies they are clinging to.
I'm not going to argue about why more guns is a way worse option than no guns. Look at Australia if you need evidence. They took away semi-automatic weapons and haven't had a mass shooting in twenty years. Please tell me how our society is better for its access to whatever guns "we" want.
I'm not having futile conversations with people about what "responsible gun ownership" is. If you are hunting, which many of my family does, you don't need a semi-automatic weapon. If you go to a shooting range, rent a gun there. If you think that you, a responsible gun owner, will be quicker than someone with murder on their mind, I hope you're never faced with that situation.
Common sense gun legislation is just that: common sense. Have we become so desensitized to violence that we can't use our common sense anymore? Have we, as a country, become such slaves to advertising and lobbying that we can't use our common sense anymore? Have we, as a society, become so immune to the cries of children and parents that we can't use our common sense anymore?
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of this. I'm tired of this cyclical "mass shooting, not-the-right-time-to-discuss-gun-legislation, when-is-the-right-time-to-talk-about-it-then, back to normal, quiet, oh look another mass shooting" history that we are writing in our country.
These high school students are incredible. They are brave and well-spoken and unafraid, and all of that after a fellow student killed 17 of their friends. If only I had that courage. If only I had that nerve. If only I had that drive. So here I am, writing more words about an event that shouldn't have happened after Columbine happened, after Virginia Tech happened, after Sandy Hook happened, after Marjory Stoneman Douglas happened, after (fill in the blank here) happens.
Do not fool yourself. If we don't do something more than limit bump stocks and have better mental health screenings (while ironically taking away funding for mental health...?) or arm teachers (WTF), there will be another school. And another. And another.
And I hate writing about sad and serious things on my blog, but this can't go on. And I can't sit back and not say what I'm thinking. These are kids, they were shot at, and now they are changing the country. This is the future. And I can't wait to see how amazing it is.