I Am Sick Of Opening Up Twitter And Seeing Another Story About A Mass Shooting

I Am Sick Of Opening Up Twitter And Seeing Another Story About A Mass Shooting

We are living in a continuous deathly cycle.
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On February 14th, 2018, a day supposed to be filled with love, I received a text from my 16 year old sister that no one should ever have to read. “There's an intruder we have been on lockdown for an hour, I love you so much.” Never in my life have I been that scared. I cried, texted her until she was safe, and thankfully they got the intruder out without anyone getting harmed.

Two hours later, a few states away, another high school wasn’t so lucky. 17 people were killed in Florida on February 14th, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 17 people walked into school for the last time. 17 people never got to hear that final bell to go home. 17 people did not get to hug their families or say goodbye to their friends. 17 people will never get another day to live their lives.

As children, who grew up being taught that school is a safe place, we now have a fear that consumes us. Why should we live our lives everyday filled with fear? There are shootings at schools, movie theaters, malls, churches, concerts, everywhere we go is a possible target. Everywhere we go we have the fear in the back of our heads that something bad is going to happen.

Change needs to happen. We are living in a continuous deathly cycle. First, there is a mass shooting. It’s on every social media outlet, every new channel, you can’t seem to escape the horrific news. Then, thoughts and prayers are given and people fight about the real issue at hand. Eventually, everyone forgets about it, no actions are taken, and before you know it there’s another mass shooting flooding every news station and social media site.

I am sick of waking up in fear every single day. I am sick of opening up Twitter and Facebook and seeing yet another story of a mass shooting. I am sick of no one taking action to fix the problems we have in this world. We can discuss and debate and fight about the subject all we want. But when it comes down to it, there needs to be some type of action taken to end this deadly cycle.

It has been three weeks since these innocent people’s lives were taken. It seems like every day since then, when I scroll through social media outlets, there have been more and more stories of schools getting threats and having violence-related issues. We cannot let the silence wash over this issue once again. If there is no action to fix this problem, then the cycle will continue and one day it could be your children that have to go to school feeling unsafe.

I am so thankful to live every single day because you really never know when it’s going to be your last. Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in this terrible time of loss. But don't let that be it. Don't let any of our voices get silenced or looked past. There needs to be a change and it needs to happen soon.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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No, David, We Should Not All Be Progressives

The Founding Fathers may have been progressive FOR THEIR TIME, but the progressives of today are not the same

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I was scrolling through Facebook when a David Pakman video showed up on my timeline. The video's title was "The Founding Fathers were Progressive, and You Should Be Too" and let me just say this: It actually wasn't a bad video.

But you just said we shouldn't all be progressives. Why are you contradicting yourself?

The reality is that while the video itself is informative (although I do wish the sources were linked in the description instead of just shilling his social media, I digress) there are some serious problems.

The biggest problem with this argument (among others) is that Pakman is relying on what Progressivism would have meant during the 18th century. Keep in mind, many of the big European powers were, at the very least, constitutional monarchies. To be a conservative in colonial America would have meant staying under the oppressive tyranny of the British Empire. The founding fathers established a government system that would have promoted liberty, property ownership, capitalism, etc.

It is also important to remember that the Founding Fathers also held a wide array of beliefs in how government should be run. Some were even willing to uphold the institution of slavery (which is not very progressive at all) in the name of ensuring that a central government would not rule in the same tyrannical way the British did. Others were fiscally conservative. Others still were social conservatives, and so on and so forth.

The bottom line is that, in the sense of the word during the 18th century, any form of liberalism would have been considered progressive. And all of the Founding Fathers were liberals. So yes, at that time, they would have been considered progressives.

Of course, definitions change. Movements change. As time goes on, the Progressive movement began to reject the founding principles more and more.

At the turn of the century, a time that became known as the Progressive Era, the likes of Woodrow Wilson declared that the Declaration of Independence was "irrelevant", and many in his camp began to reject natural law as arrogant. These rejections spurred the massive government expansion under Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal.

Progressives today want to take this rejection of natural law even further. They openly embrace socialism, a system that has killed over 100 million people in the span of a century, and has caused countries like Venezuela to become absolute dung holes.

Progressives today are calling for censorship on college campuses on social media. They conflate legitimate criticism with bigotry, calling anyone who disagrees with them racist, sexist, or homophobic. They use the terms "white nationalist" or "white supremacist" or "Nazi" just to shut down any arguments before they can even begin. They are sowing division to keep us distracted from their failings

The progressive media peddles fake news and propaganda. They will bury news stories that go against their narrative. They are keeping information from the general public. Does any of this sound like a society changing for the better?

The founders would be appalled if they saw what was happening today. So no, David, I'm not going to be a Progressive.

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