I’m not here to debate gun control, that’s for another time. But regardless of whether or not you’re on the side of pro-gun control or anti-gun control, we can all agree on one thing: things are changing.
Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the conversations revolving around access to ammunition, automatic weapons, and guns in general have been getting heated. Students from MSDHS are fighting for tighter laws, while others are fighting for their right to bare arms.
This isn’t different from any other mass shooting, either. Since December of 2012 when the Sandy Hook shooting saw 20 elementary school students killed, countless mass shootings at schools, nightclubs, and concerts have taken place.
After each one, “thoughts and prayers” have been offered from politicians, but nothing more than that. When citizens try to encourage gun control, they’re met told to “stop politicizing the death of children.”
After no change, many people assumed that if the death of 20 elementary school children couldn’t change the minds of pro-gun advocates, nothing would. As one father put it, “your right to bare arms is not more important than my child’s right to not be shot in a classroom.”
But regardless of which side of the gun fight you are on, it’s hard to ignore the sheer facts: change is happening, and it’s all at the hands of high school students. Emma Gonzalez, a senior at MSDHS, gave an empowering speech while calling for action from the government.
“We are up here standing together because if all our government and President can do is send thoughts and prayers,” she said. “Then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see.”
It seems that their voices are being heard, too, because even the President of the United States is talking about it.