A little after 2 a.m. on June 11, 2016, tragic news broke. Former contestant on "The Voice" and up and coming singer, Christina Grimmie, had died. She was shot while signing autographs at a venue in Orlando, Florida after performing Friday night. Many people were commenting on the news articles detailing the event about how guns need to be eliminated or how America is so stupid because of our guns. Someone even said that the guy who shot her had to be insane because he killed himself. But how does the guy who shot her killing himself prove anything? Sane or not, if you shoot any celebrity, regardless how known they are, you know you aren't going to have much of a life afterward. That doesn't prove anything except that he was a scared coward. He knew he more than likely wasn't leaving that venue alive.
Have you ever shot a gun? Have you ever really felt that scary power it offers? No sane person wants to pull the trigger with the intent of killing someone. Has it been noted anywhere that the gun was legally his? Should America have stricter laws when it comes to people obtaining guns? Absolutely, even though it probably wouldn't make much of a difference. Drugs like meth and cocaine are illegal, but people still have access to them. However, to say guns are the problem is ludicrous.
If you wanted to kill someone, you could kill them without a gun. Knives, water, bare hands, car accidents and many more intentionally harmless ways to die are possible. No one says blame those things. I mean, we blamed Adolf Hitler, not the gas chambers. We blamed Al Queda and Osama Bin Laden, not the planes. But somehow, when someone dies from a gun, suddenly the weapon is the problem.
Perhaps because guns are the only thing out of that list that people are truly afraid of, probably because they don't understand them. We don't offer gun safety classes in schools, but we do focus on drugs, gangs and even CO2 poisoning. Just about every kid in America completes the D.A.R.E. program before finishing the fifth grade. Never were guns a part of learning other than that they are dangerous and to leave them alone. Guns should never be taken lightly because it truly is a serious issue, but to blame shootings on guns seems crazy.
Before a post I commented on regarding Christina's death was deleted, someone asked me what I would tell her parents since I don't think guns are the problem. I would tell them that they had one of the greatest gifts in the world and I would thank them for sharing her and letting her share her gift with the world. She really was someone special. Her loyal fans made it possible to get her to the top and she died doing what she loved.
I would tell them that through it all, she always stayed humble, thanked her fans and made videos showing her appreciation. You could always see the excitement in her eyes when she talked about her fans. I would thank them for instilling all of that in her. I can only hope and pray, that even in the midst of this grave tragedy, that people learn from her. They help instill these values into their children and help to show the same kind of humble behavior even in the shadow of something of scary.
I would tell them that I am so incredibly sorry for their loss. I would tell them that I am praying for them, not just for what they're going through now, but in the coming weeks, years and for the rest of their lives. The issue isn't really that a gun killed her. The issue is that a talented artist died. Everyone is wanting something to blame. Sometimes, people make the object to blame their focus point in order to overcome the actual issue at hand.
What we all should be focusing on is Christina. The music world lost an amazing, young, talented artist who was just starting out. She died doing what she loved. Her actions will always be remembered and her loyalty to her fans will always be one of the best things she offered the world. Be humble and kind, be a Christina.