Yesterday’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, serves as a reminder that our government continuously fails to remedy our lax gun laws. While 17 human beings lost their lives yesterday, many started arguing (again) about whether this was a mental health issue or a result of our citizens’ unfettered and easy access to guns.
Let me begin by saying this: Mental illness is not unique to the United States. Every country has its fair share of individuals suffering from a range of behavioral and mental disorders. Still, what is unique is our disproportionately high rate of gun violence. In 2018 alone, there have been eighteen school shootings that have resulted in injury or death. This cannot become our new normal.
We, as rational citizens, should support common sense gun control such as more thorough background checks, bans on assault weapons, and bans on high-capacity magazines. This wasn’t the first school shooting and, unfortunately, it won’t be the last. Congress must put politics aside and think about the greater good for the citizens of our country.
I can’t begin to imagine what the families and friends of those murdered yesterday are going through. Sending love and light to them and to all who are affected.
Most importantly, vote.