STORY BY JEFF HERSHEWAY
As a person of (relatively) sound mind, I’m not sure what it takes to decide that you would want to murder or shoot someone else. How much torture does it take for someone to want to end another’s life?
I’m nervous that this inclination to kill is growing more and more frequent in the United States. There have been 87 school shootings in the U.S. since Sandy Hook in 2009, which is completely inexcusable and intolerable. Now, Marysville-Pilchuck High School has undergone a school shooting, leaving three people dead.
This is my gripe with the U.S. when a tragedy of this magnitude comes to light: We all just sit back and watch it happen. If any measures we have tried to install worked, this kind of murder spree wouldn’t happen any longer. No one in power is truly passionate about protecting any of these kids involved in these shootings, or else, it would have been taken care of. What exactly is our country waiting for?
I don’t know what it’ll take to get authorities to wake up and start dealing with this all-too-common problem. I know gun control is a huge issue that would affect thousands of people, but I wish we could do something. I want to have kids one day without fearing that one of their classmates will be pushed too far and want to hurt their entire school.
I think the real trouble with this whole issue is that we, as a country, are making it too political. These kids losing their lives are becoming poster children for a political campaign to ban guns. Anyone can see that these shootings are horrific and tragic, so why can’t we just develop a bipartisanship solution that works?
Easier said than done, I know. But isn’t this problem worth agreeing on a solution for? It’s about more than the Constitution.It’s about people. Not even just people, children. I want to live in a country that doesn’t sit on their hands and watch violence happen as though it were a natural part of life. Violence doesn’t have to occur as commonly as it does, and we all know it.
We need to do better. I know that that’s like beating a dead horse, but come on. That’s enough. We have all prayed, cried and put countless therapy programs in place to help kids with their emotional problems, but there is something that is not taking, and it’s time the government start acknowledging that beyond debating between guns or no guns. Stop making the issue about politics and start dealing with it as if human lives are at stake, because they are.
Drake University recently had a threat of an incident of this caliber, and it was amazing how fast public safety responded. That’s when I knew my own life was in good hands.
I wish others in the country felt that way, but there is so much cynicism against public authority figures and government officials that no one even wants to trust each other anymore, out of sheer spite, even. Children are having their lives taken away before even realizing what having a life really means. It’s time, one way or another, to end this. Enough.