If this article doesn't scare the shit out of you, we're doomed.
That's right ladies and gentlemen; unless we get off our pedestals and stop trying to spite one another in the name of politics, we don't stand a snowball's chance in hell. Last week, I woke up to Twitter blowing up with horrific news. The worst mass shooting in U.S history happened in Las Vegas during Jason Aldean's set for the Route 91 Harvest Festival. The 64-year-old shooter named Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room and according to the latest report from the New York Times posted on 10/2/2017 at 2:23 P.M., at least 58 people are dead and hundreds are wounded. And the sad thing is, I wasn't even surprised.
Think about it, mass shootings have been in most of our lives since we were born. Two days before my first birthday, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into Columbine High School and murdered 13 people and injured 21, and it shook America, but everyone was convinced "this won't happen again". Then in 2007, Seung- Hui Cho initiated a massacre at Virginia Tech that took the lives of 33 people and wounded 17, and once again you heard "this can't happen again" and "I'm keeping them in my prayers". And while that's a good sentiment to have, prayers don't stop bullets from flying.
Only two years after that, Nidal Hassan carried out a massacre at Fort Hood, killing 13 people and wounding 33 people. Before any of you start talking about "of course it was a Muslim, all Muslims are terrorists!!!", realize that the majority of mass shootings in the last 10 years in America have not been committed by Muslims from the middle east, but from white Christian men. We don't call all white people terrorists, do we? Exactly. Adam Lanza was not Muslim, he was a white man who murdered his mother in her home before walking into a first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 26 people, 20 of them were 6-7 years old. Little children, waiting for Christmas and wondering what Santa was going to get them that year, gone.
The Dark Knight premiere shooting in Colorado, San Bernadino, Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Charleston, and now this. This is our reality now ladies and gentlemen, a world where we can't go out anywhere without that voice in the back of our heads telling us to watch out. Where in the ISU dining center, we have a guide on what do in the case of an active shooter, or a bomb threat, or any other catastrophe you can think of. We as a society need to realize that terrorism is not exclusive to one race or one religion and unless we come together, these tragedies will continue to happen and we'll be powerless to stop them.