It has been a couple of weeks since I posted to this site because, originally, I wanted to write something about the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida.
At first, I held off because I didn’t want to write something that was a knee-jerk reaction. We can all relate to the emotions, but there’s a lot to get wrong and while I’m no journalist, it feels wrong to be put out bad information about such a serious topic – even on as small a scale as this. (Only my cat reads my blog)
But then so much came out after – information about the shooter, the ease with which he got the gun, the fact that the FBI had been tipped, the school’s resource officer, the staff and students who acted heroically, comments made by the President about how he’d have gone in or arming teachers, etc. At that point it became a little overwhelming, I certainly was not going to write about all of it.
Like I said, I’m not a journalist.
Through it all, everyone followed predictable paths through their typical gun control arguments.
But what stood out to me – and I think everyone else, too – was what the students did. Even as they are recovery mentally and physically from their experiences, they are speaking out. They are acting. They didn’t feel safe. They don’t feel safe. They were not safe. But they are trying to change that, not just for themselves, but for everyone else. That’s incredibly brave.
Unfortunately, rather than standing with them and supporting them, many adults who on the day of the shooting were quick to offer ‘thoughts and prayers’ are now just as quick to sneer at and mock our nation’s children and young people for doing what is well within their rights to do.
Those same adults claim they believe in enforcing and defending the constitution (which I believe allows for people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government). It would seem those rights are actually reserved for a select few and to hell with anyone who disagrees with their views.
So this month I’ve taken a dim view of the world. Not so much because of the very typical violence and circular political discourse, but because of how adults are so desperately and obviously failing young people who are asking for help. Luckily, those kids are a ray of hope.