How Many Deaths Is Enough For You, Congress?

How Many Deaths Is Enough For You, Congress?

Any and all politicians funded by the NRA should be absolutely ashamed of themselves and should feel guilty once again.
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I remember the day of the Sandy Hook shooting, the total silence through the classrooms when we heard the news. The whispered discussions asking whether others had seen what happened. The usually rambunctious bus instead somber on the way home. It was almost winter break; we should have been rejoicing in our soon-to-be-had freedom.

But most of all, I remember my mom. As soon as I got home, she grabbed me and hugged me and didn't let go. She just kept saying how much she loved me and that she needed to hold me. And she cried.

She said she held me like that because she could, because I was okay. The Sandy Hook shooting instilled terror within parents across the country, or at least within mine. My mom had been an early childhood special education teacher; I imagine she was thinking about her students, too.

I don't know that I had ever seen my mom as torn, as broken, as helpless in my life before that day. And I was okay. I was okay, and everyone I, and we, knew was okay. I cannot even begin to imagine what it was like for the parents of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I don't want to try to imagine what it was like for the family and friends of those we lost.

This week, it happened again. A young man acquired a gun--which, I may remind you, was literally designed to kill other living things--and then he took that gun to a school and he shot it. He shot it seemingly indiscriminately and savagely.

It wasn't six and seven-year-olds this time; it happened at a high school. Which, I guess, is supposed to make it somehow better or, at least, less bad. But that's not how I feel.

There are still parents who sent their kids off to school--a place that is supposed to be safe, a place where kids are supposed to be built up, a place of life--and now will never see them again.

There is no amount of thoughts and prayers--or, for that matter, legislation--that will be able to alleviate their pain or let them see their kid smile or hear them laugh or listen to them complain about chores ever again.

And, everywhere, parents are going to be holding their kids and hoping, praying, wishing, begging that they never have to feel that unfathomable pain or experience that unbelievable grief, that it's not their kid next time. Because there will definitely be a next time.

There will always be a next time because, though those thoughts and prayers will come in droves, that legislation will never materialize; nothing will ever change. It has been like this for decades and there is no reason to believe this high school and these victims will mean anything different.

Politicians either don't care or are too worried about their precious careers, too worried they'll be voted out for trying to stop more people from being senselessly killed each year. They're too worried because the NRA is too big to fail.

There were seventeen innocent lives lost in this week's shooting in Florida. These are the 17 congresspeople who have received the most money from the NRA. Call them, write them, email them, overwhelm them until something changes. Please.

In the Senate:

1. John McCain (R), Arizona

2. Richard Burr (R), North Carolina

3. Roy Blunt (R), Missouri

4. Thom Tillis (R), North Carolina

5. Cory Gardner (R), Colorado

6. Marco Rubio (R), Florida

7. Joni Ernst (R), Iowa

8. Rob Portman (R), Ohio

9. Todd Young (R), Indiana

10. Bill Cassidy (R), Louisiana

In the House:

1. French Hill (R), Arkansas

2. Ken Buck (R), Colorado

3. David Young (R), Iowa

4. Mike Simpson (R), Idaho

5. Greg Gianforte (R), Montana

6. Don Young (R), Alaska

7. Lloyd Smucker (R), Pennsylvania

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Joe Mullins

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Christian Women And Modern Feminism Cannot Coexist

Women who hold the truths of the Bible cannot also hold the ideas of modern feminism.

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Feminism, as it is defined, is the "advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes," according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. This is NOT where the problem lies.

Eve was made from the rib of Adam, not from the foot to be below him, or the head to be above him, but the rib to stand beside him. The problem does not stand with the ideology that women and men are equal as humans, as this is a Biblical truth.

The problem lies within what feminism has become.

For Christian women, our calling is outlined directly in Titus 2. It states, "(women) are to love their husbands and children, be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands."

This seems to fly directly in the face of modern feminism, doesn't it? Working at home?! How dare you say that! Notably, this verse never says women cannot have a career outside of the home; it simply says that the home is a priority when a woman has a husband and children.

Submissive to their husbands?! That sounds like slavery!

The church is to submit to Christ's word and will, and the husband is to be the spiritual leader of his home. Similarly, the wife is ideally like the church in which she allows her husband to lead the family. It never says that a woman is a servant and can be abused by her husband.

Modern feminism teaches that women are not just similar to men, but that they should be better.

They constantly focus on what they can do that men can't, and what they can do better than men. Why is this a problem for Christian women? Men and women are meant to complement each other in their personalities and physicalities, they are not meant to try and outdo each other.

God made both man and woman to bind together and live life together, as humans are made for companionship. Modern feminism also teaches that you have every right to abort a child within you, even if it's a result of your own irresponsibilities.

Jeremiah 1:5 states, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart..." As a Christian woman, how could you support an ideology that completely disregards the sanctity of human life?

Modern feminism attacks the core of Christian womanhood and effectively destroys the special qualities of women created by God.

We are made differently than men and that is OK. If you are a Christian woman, and you hold the truths of the Bible as law in your heart, there is absolutely no logical way that modern feminist ideologies can coexist.

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