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Nipsey Hussle’s Death Is Just Another Example Of How Drastically Gun Control Laws Are Needed

Don't wait until you know the next victim before you use your voice.


Recently, the news of Nipsey Hussle's death went viral. Now, I was never a big fan of his, but I knew him from the humanitarian activities he had been doing. And since his death, almost every social media account has been filled with posts saying "RIP Nipsey," "A legend gone so soon," and so on. It is definitely human to sympathize with news like that by posting such things, but the problem is how hypocritical it is. And I mean hypocrisy in the fact that the same people who post sympathy posts are the same ones who would sit down at home and not try to do anything about it. It has created a system where whenever news of unwarranted killings of a victim goes out, everyone posts the usual "RIP" messages, get angry on social media for a while and all is forgotten until it happens again, and we rinse and repeat again.

I love my generation for the fact that we are not afraid to speak up. We know what is right and are not easily fooled, which makes it easy for us to call out higher authorities when they are not doing their job. This is why there have been so many NGO's that have raised awareness and protested to the government about the issue of gun violence. A few weeks ago, New Zealand experienced a mass shooting at a mosque and the quick response at which they banned all machine guns and took care of their citizens is something to be admired.

We can try to tap into that too. Yes, sometimes it is frustrating because it feels like our protests fall on deaf ears and look like that no one might be listening, but the louder you protest, the higher the probability of being heard.

Gun control is a very important need for our society. Too many people are being sacrificed for unimportant reasons and it needs to stop. We shouldn't wait till it's the next victim before we start to act.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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Parkland Suicides Stress The Need To Check Up On Those Around You

People always say they care about others' mental wellbeing but don't actually do anything until a suicide happens. They don't demonstrate support or stability until their loved ones are good. That shouldn't be how it is. It can't be.


If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

February 14, 2018, was a day I don't think any of us can forget. I can't even begin to describe to you the pain I felt for these kids. These kids I never knew. These kids were my age. These kids had their entire lives ahead of them.

Later that day after receiving news of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I sat in my bed and watched news coverage of the ongoing event. And I cried. I couldn't stop crying.

It was all too real. Too many shootings kept occurring. Too many shootings are STILL occurring. And way too many innocent lives are getting stripped away so abruptly.

Of course, these shootings bring gun regulation into a huge topic of discussion. But, in addition to that, there's another important consequence that plays a factor: mental health.

Within just the past month, there were two suicides that occurred over a year later most likely linked to the shooting. On March 17, 19-year-old Sydney Aiello took her own life. According to her mother, Sydney suffered from survivor's guilt and post-traumatic stress disorder. She was life-long friends with Meadow Pollack, one of the victims that did not survive the massacre.

I recently viewed Sydney's Facebook. Her recent posts truly showed her happier moments where she memorialized her slain classmates, advocated for tighter gun laws, and even publicized teaching her first yoga class. On June 12, she shared a post that conveyed a message regarding the suicides of Robin Williams, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain. All were seemingly happy and beloved celebrities that no one expected to take their own lives. The post concluded with a final statement that read, "So, let me say this really loud so the people in the back of the room can hear me ... SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO CHECK ON THOSE WHO SEEM THE STRONGEST."

That couldn't be any more right. Didn't Sydney seem strong? At least, that's how we perceived her on social media. She seemed like a fighter. She WAS a fighter and was clearly trying her hardest to persevere through this trauma and stay strong.

Unfortunately, Syndey lost her battle. But she isn't the first that lost her life due to depleted mental health, and she certainly won't be the last if we don't start addressing these issues more seriously.

People always say they care about others' mental wellbeing but don't actually do anything until a suicide happens. They don't demonstrate support or stability until their loved ones are gone. That shouldn't be how it is. It can't be.

Parents, please check up on your children. Please take everything they say to you seriously. Make sure they understand there's a way to cope with the pain they're experiencing. Validate them. Know that they're not alone.

This applies to us all. Check up on your friends. Spread awareness. There's always a way to deal with the pain, trauma, and hardships you're enduring. Killing yourself will never be the answer. We have to ensure as individual communities and as individuals ourselves we have the proper resources to provide for people going through these difficult times.

My thoughts are with the victims of the Parkland massacre, the Parkland suicides, and anyone that has ever experienced suicidal thoughts or actions or lost a loved one because of suicide. You are beyond loved.

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