Drake University is a small private campus in Des Moines, Iowa. There is a lot that makes the campus special, but a few things in particular all Drake students know to be true.
Popular Right Now
This past week has been filled with a large amount of tragic and negative news. Earlier today, a few of my coworkers and I got into a debate about all the recent events that transpired. In regards to the shooting that took place in Parkland, FL (R.I.P. to all the souls last in that tragedy), some of my coworkers felt as if society is to blame for the actions of this 19-year old; however, a few others believe that it falls upon the parents to properly censor what their children are exposed to.
In order to get a deeper understanding on the viewpoints of these tragic issues, let’s take a minute and explore these positions. Society does play a huge role in the development of children (due to the exposure through social media, television, etc.), and it also has a huge influence on the human population as a whole. Despite however many people think they are “anti-government” and they “don’t follow everyone else”, there are still things that those people do that are, in fact, influenced by society somehow.
I’m not a parent, so I cannot really comment on this viewpoint as strongly as an actual parent can, but many of my coworkers felt strongly that this shooting, along with a sixth grader writing a very hateful note yesterday, all comes down to how the child was raised. Yesterday, a sixth grader wrote a note that threatened the students and faculty, saying he was going to “shoot their ugly a**es” and called them “you b*tches”. It is truly sad to see such a young individual write such hateful and threatening words.
How can we stop this?
There is nothing more heart breaking than turning on the news and seeing the words “school shooting” pop up on the screen.
Instead of being a rare tragic event, it has become an all too common headline. Valentines day, a day of love was turned into a day of tragedy as 17 children were shot to death attending school. 17 parents unknowingly said their last “I love you” and gave their children their last hugs. 17 innocent children lost their lives because of a mentally ill teenager having access to weapons. 17 daughters and sons, 17 neighbors, 17 brothers and sisters, 17 friends lives were cut short.
Who is next?
How many more people have to be killed before Congress steps up and fixes the gun violence problem. Guns do kill people; guns destroy lives, families, and communities. Heartbreak and solitude plague the nation for days, even weeks after these events. People post on social media begging and pleading for Congress to help, but nothing shifts their indifference. Their indifference has allowed for people to be killed.
What has to happen before it stops? My sisters attend school and everyday I fear I will have said my last goodbye. School is a safe environment to learn, but it has become a place which breeds fear in it’s walls.
Alyssa Alhadef, Scott Biegel, Nicholas Dworet, Martin Anguiano, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenburg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, and Peter Wang all had dreams and aspirations they will never be able to achieve because our government has failed to protect them.
Families have been torn apart and broken. Sadly, this is not the first time, nor is it the last. As citizens, we elect members to government because we trust they will fix the problems that plague our society, instead they sit with their thumbs in their mouth. Democrats and Republicans alike should both value human life, instead they watch everyday as someone new robs people of their life. Where is the humanity in that?
Of course it is a lot more complex than it may seem, but they have failed to fulfill their duties as government officials. We need to work towards a solution, not stand by and wish things didn’t happen. Thoughts and prayers do not stop killing, policy and change does. My heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible event, you are all in my prayers.