There have been 18 school shootings this year in the United States. We’re only in March. The Parkland shooting unfortunately had the largest amount of deaths. 17 people died and during the shooting four Florida Sheriff deputies hid. There has been grief and protesting since February 14th. America unlike many other countries allows its citizens to carry guns and under the 2nd Amendment, this law cannot be changed.
The 2nd Amendment reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Founding Fathers created this amendment because they feared slave rebellions and insurrections; so they wanted to make sure states were properly armed. When the constitution was made it was not written in favor of black people. It still isn’t till date. I said what I said. The Founding Fathers, the Republicans, and the NRA love the 2nd Amendment and they never get prosecuted for abusing it. White privilege my loves.
Dana Loesch, the NRA Spokeswoman believes in order to prevent school shootings we need to protect due process and harden the safety of schools. Sis went on to say there are “Common Sense Strategies” that can easily solve the problem. She suggested installing bullet proof glass in schools and arming teachers that feel comfortable enough to bring guns in classrooms. She went on to say “When we talk about age restriction, increasing ages, you’re not punishing a gangbanger in Chicago…you’re punishing people like I was, 20 years old living on my own. You’re punishing the 19 year old deer hunter, looking forward to hunting season.” Dana sweetie, let me gather your life real quick. Bullet proof glass does not belong in classrooms, especially not in the United States. That isn’t common sense, that’s absurd. Arming teachers is not part of the job description. If a teacher wanted to be Brian Miles from Taken or Cleo from Set It Off, they would have gone to the army or the FBI. You would rather spend money on an AK-47 instead of books, computers, board markers that actually work and don’t make a squeaky sound. That’s not common sense, that’s dumb. Guns and schools should not be associated ever. People send their children to school so they can learn. The whole point is to get guns out of schools not to put them in it. As for the Chicago and deer hunting comment, just say you would rather let white people have guns than black people.
The gag is, white schools are being shot up not black schools. In rural areas, the states have made it mandatory to install metal detectors to avoid any potential incidents. In predominantly white schools, it’s excuse upon excuse. If there’s a repetitive pattern in the same area why is nothing being done? These crimes should be treated accordingly. It’s sad to see white crimes watered down and tended with care; mental health is always up for discussion when it comes to the crazy unapologetic crimes created by Caucasians but when it’s the black boy suffering from PTSD he’s a criminal and doesn’t deserve any sympathy.
The constant excuses made for these school shooters are encouraging other people to commit likewise crimes. There’s no sympathy for the mourners, just a bandwagon of eager students ready to hold a glock. There isn’t even sympathy from members of Congress. Nevertheless, those that have the people’s best interest in heart have taken active movements against the NRA. Multiple airline companies have withdrew their partnership with NRA: Delta, Hertz and Avis are a few. The state of Oregon have passed a bill that bans gun ownership for previous domestic violence convicts. Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted “The assault weapons ban was effective. When the ban was in place the number of massacres fell by 37 per cent. The number of people dying from gun massacres fell by 43 per cent. Republicans blocked an extension of the ban. We’re fighting to reinstate it. #StudentsStandUp”
The republicans have been overly opinionated on the protesting and conversations surrounding the recent school shootings. They have been extremely condescending and passive aggressive to the students of Parkland. Some members of the public are proud to see activism offline in these students and believe these students are the future. Protesting came alive again after Ferguson but then it was deemed ineffective but go off. Some of the students recognize this discriminatory behavior and acknowledged that without movements such as the BlackLivesMatter movement, they wouldn’t have been so encouraged to protest.
We at LAPP do however encourage those taking part in bringing forth change to continue to be resilient. Companies who can, should follow the path Delta have demonstrated and remove all ties with the NRA. Change can truly happen when you start to affect people’s pockets. We do hope change will come sooner rather than later, and we hope minorities don’t get the shorter end of the stick.
Written by Tolu Sarah Martins