Guns Are A Problem In Our Country And You Denying It Does Not Make It Any Less Of One

Guns Are A Problem In Our Country And You Denying It Does Not Make It Any Less Of One

The fact that there were 22 school shootings this year alone says it all.
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Just in case you don't know, the Second Amendment states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." However, in this day and age, it seems like people are taking their "right to bear arms" a little too seriously.

On May 18, 2018, a 17-year old opened fire at Santa Fe High School. This resulted in 10 deaths and 13 injuries. Both guns the gunman used were registered to his father. Just in 2018 alone, there have already been 22 school shootings so it is obvious that America has a gun problem.

While most people see that there is a problem, others seem not to care. I am not going to bring politics into this because it doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or Republican - even though it is mostly Republicans who still defend their "right to bear arms" through all of this - everyone should realize at this point that the US needs gun control.

Let me repeat that for those of you who are triggered right now. The US needs gun CONTROL. Not gun ABOLISHMENT. If parents were to put their guns in a safer place, kids wouldn't have as easy access to getting guns. If all gun shops actually did their jobs and did background checks on their customers before being able to purchase a gun, A LOT fewer people would have a gun.

Another thing, if guns weren't so glorified, the want for a gun would decrease. What? Don't believe me that guns are glorified? Well, here is my proof.

This picture goes with a series of graduation photos for a Kent State University student. See something odd about this photo? If not, you might want to zoom into the semi-automatic rifle she has strapped to her back! What kind of person takes their graduation photos with a gun on campus? Apparently, she does.

Kent State University was a victim of a school shooting in 1970 where 4 students were killed and 9 were injured. This was all the result of members of the Ohio National Guard opening fire on a crowd who had gathered to protest the Vietnam War. Knowing the background that this university has, she still had the audacity to show up on campus to take her graduation photos.

Using her very inappropriate graduation photos to brag about getting a job offers and marriage offers - whether those offers are actually true or not is beside the point - is just furthering my point that a lot of people actually glorify having a gun.

In all honesty, whether you are against guns or for them, having a gun on campus should never be allowed. The 22 shootings in 2018 already proved that.

Now, I am sure that if you have made it this far into the article, some of you have already come up with this defense: "Well, if teachers were armed, school shootings wouldn't happen" and I don't believe this to be true.

Arming teachers is a bad idea because who knows what could happen to the gun while in the classroom. A teacher could easily shoot a student accidentally, or a student could get a hold of the gun and make it that much easier for a school shooting to happen.

Another defense: "Well, I am exercising my right to the second amendment and no one can take that away from me!" Again. . . no one wants to take away the second amendment; just restrict it. You can exercise your rights but just know that all rights have limits.

Your right to free speech has a limit: You cannot shout "fire" in a movie theatre or "bomb" in an airport. The same with your right to bare arms. Go ahead, legally obtain a gun, but you don't need to parade it around and it is actually illegal to bring a gun onto a campus! Any kind of weapon actually.

Guns are a huge problem in the US among many other things. Some people don't want to admit that, but any person with common sense could see that with all this police brutality and school shootings, guns are not being used as they should be. People are taking advantage of their second amendment right and the more this happens, the more guns will continue to be a huge problem in our country.

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A Thank You Letter To My Best Friend

All the things I should thank you for more often than I do.
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To My Best Friend,

This thank you is long overdue. There are so many things I want to thank you for, and I’m sure I’m going to still be missing some by the end of this letter. But here is a small token of my gratitude for just being by my side in this life and making it all worthwhile.

Thank you first of all for accepting me and loving me for exactly who I am. This isn’t easy. I can be stubborn, difficult and confusing, but you love and accept me for me. There are days I wonder when you’ll finally come to your senses and move on and find a new BFF, one who isn’t so complicated, but to my amazement, you never do. You tell me you’ll take the good with the bad, and when I question whether I have any good left, you’re always there to reassure me and show me that I do. Thank you for loving me in my dorky and difficult moments, moments where if the rest of the world saw them, they’d probably walk away. Thank you for understanding me like no one else does; if we didn’t have the connection we did, I can’t imagine how lonely and big this world would feel. Because of you, this world seems like a little friendlier place, one I can see myself being a part of.

Thank you for being my biggest fan. Besides my family, you are my biggest supporter, and I know that when I win, you win, and when you win, I win. In this battle we call life, it doesn’t matter who’s in my opponents corner, because I know I am always going to have you in mine, and that’s the best asset I could ever ask for. You encourage me to chase my dreams like no one else does, and I can tell that you sincerely hurt when I hurt — not many people care about me in such a deep way. Whatever crazy dream I tell you I’m going to chase after next, you believe I can do it, even when the rest of the world thinks I’m crazy for even suggesting it. When something good happens, you’re the first person I want to tell, and when something bad happens, you’re the first one I go to for support.

Thank you for being you. You are incredible my dear, and I can’t wait to constantly remind your husband that he got crazy lucky and out kicked his coverage big time. You are beautiful inside and out. On the outside, you are so gorgeous; you’re very own unique and incredible definition of beauty, and I know I’m one of many who see it. You’re intimidating to stand next to in pictures because I know your light shines so bright, but I’ll gladly stand next to you and take a picture, because I’m so excited to show the world how breathtakingly beautiful my best friend is. On the inside you are even prettier, with a warm heart, a sharp mind and an unbelievable personality. You are hands down the funniest person I know, and I still can’t believe that someone as funny and hilarious as you chooses to spend her time with someone as dweeby and awkward as me. I mean, half the time we’re laughing at some fail I had or something stupid I did, so I guess I contribute a little bit to our constant laughing. You are so kind and so sweet, and have the biggest heart of anyone I know. God spent a little extra time when he made you, because you’re the total package: you’re beautiful, awesome and amazing, all wrapped in one, and I’m so lucky he put you in my life—he knows I’d be lost without you.

Thank you for being there for me whenever I need it. It was once said that “all that relationships are are being there for someone when they need you,” and you’re a pro at this. Whether it be because another boy is being stupid or I’m feeling alone, I know all I need to do is call you, and I’ll instantly feel better. You help my through the countless problems Lord knows I have trouble solving, and you reassure me that no matter what, you’re always going to be there for me. This is huge, and something very few people have been able to do for me, but you always have, and I know you always will be. And that is the most reassuring thing I know, knowing that if all hell breaks loose, the world falls apart and I have no one, I’ll have you. And that is all I need.

Thank you for being a spark, a light in my life that no matter how dark the world around us gets, is always there to light my way and show me the way home. Thank you for laughing with me when God blesses us with a funny moment, and crying with me when God is trying to tell me something. Thank you for standing beside me in the greatest of moments and the darkest of hours. Thank you for being the one I share my fondest memories with: all the nights we stayed up really late, all the exciting adventures we went on and all the inside jokes we still laugh about today. Thank you for growing up with me; for being there every step of the way and creating some of my happiest moments with me. Thank you for all the memories I've shared with you, and I can't wait for what crazy adventure we're going to go on next.

So thank you for accepting me, loving me, and supporting me. Thank you for being your wonderful self, and thank you for being there for me, through thick and thin, even when I'm at my lowest. Thank you for shining your brilliant light into my life and illuminating my world.

Oh, and thank you for being my maid of honor. I know I won’t need to ask you for a while, but you had to know it was coming, right?

Thank you for being the godmother to my future children, the sister to my family, and another daughter to my parents.

And finally, thank you for being the best to my friend.

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Irish-American History Is Just As Important As Any Other Culture, You Can't Prove Me Wrong

I cherish being Irish and I will not let anyone let me feel bad for that.

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Depending on when you're reading this, Saint Patrick's day has either just passed or is around the corner. For me, Saint Patrick's day is tomorrow. I've been debating this article for some time now because I didn't know how it would be perceived. At this point, though, I feel it's important for me to get out. No, Irish people were never kept as slaves in America, and I will never be one to try and say they were. However, Irish people were treated tremendously awful in America. A lot of people tend to forget, or just try to erase entirely, the history of the Irish in America. So much so that I felt shameful for wanting to celebrate my heritage. Therefore, I want to bring to light the history that everyone brushes under the rug.

In 1845, a potato famine broke out across Ireland. This was a big deal because the Irish lived off, mainly, potatoes. They were cheap, easy to grow, and had tons of nutrients. So when the famine struck, many people either died of starvation or fled to America in seek of refuge. When the Irish arrived in America they were seen as a threat to the decency of America. People viewed them as drunk beasts, sinful savages, barbaric, violent, belligerent, stupid, and white apes. When the Irish would go to look for jobs, many times they found signs that read "Irish Need Not Apply," even when the job was hiring. Therefore, the Irish did the jobs no one wanted, and even jobs African slaves wouldn't do. The biggest example of this is when Irishmen built canals and drained swamps. They were sent to do these things because of the enormous amount of mosquitoes; in the swamp, they would get bit and ultimately die of malaria.

Also, during this time, Irish people were poor and therefore lived in the same neighborhoods as the free African Americans. A lot of the Irish people were friendly with their neighbors of color and even got into interracial relationships. Because the Irish lived in these neighborhoods they were seen as dirty and even a lot of people at this time put African Americans higher on the totem pole than Irish. One person during the time even said, "At least the black families keep their homes clean."

The main reason American's outlook on Irish people changed was that most Irishmen took up fighting for the Union in the Civil War. I make this argument, not because I think the Irish suffered more than African slaves. I don't say this in means of trying to erase the struggles of the African slaves. I do not think that any of our ancestors should have been treated the way they were. I mean to say that the Irish did in fact suffer. Irish people were treated wrongly on the basis of...nothing. Simply because my ancestors hailed from the shores of Eire, they were treated with malice. And I write this simply because I want people to remember. I want people to understand what happened.

On Saint Patrick's Day this year, next year, and for the many years to come, I want people to embrace the Irish culture. I want the folks of Irish heritage to not be ashamed of where they come from; to not be ashamed to share their culture the way I have for many years. I want everyone to have a beer, wear some green, eat a potato or two, and dance the Irish step; to celebrate the history of Irish people with a bit more understanding than before.

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