We learn many things in school. Where to put commas, how to socialize, and how to be kind. Recently, we have learned different things. We have learned how to text our parents we love them every time we go on lockdown. We have learned how to hide under our desk and in the closet. We have learned that our teachers will die for us. We have learned to fear.
“My teacher told me that he couldn’t protect me if a shooter came to our school”
“I worry for my sister’s safety once I go off to college”
“I’m scared to go to school. I don’t want to have those last moments with my parents.”
All of these are quotes from students in Alabama. Students are afraid to go to school and get an education. Students are in school longer than they are at home. School should be the safest place they can go. This is not about security in schools. This is not about how equipt a teacher can be with a gun. This is about gun reform. This is about protecting our children. This about protecting people. Not another person should die from an AR-15.
The students of Parkland were forced to wake up when a gunman came in and took seventeen lives. But, this didn’t start with Parkland. Pulse, Vegas, Sandy Hook, Sutherland Springs church and many more countless deaths.
This is the time for action. Thought and prayer will no longer be enough. We will protest. We will vote. We will not stop fighting until kids aren’t afraid. We will not stop until people’s lives are more important than money. So, I beg you, my congressmen/women. I beg you, my senators. Fight back. Don’t accept money for the NRA. Make stricter gun laws. Actually, enforce background checks. Do what you must to protect us, because if you don’t, come election time you will no longer be representing us.