Why Are We Letting These Mass Shootings Happen?

Why Are We Letting These Mass Shootings Happen?

These tragedies will continue to happen and soon, we'll be powerless to stop them.

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.

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Yes, she wants to be heard too.


2018 is sort of a trap for this woman. She believes in women with all of the fire inside of her, but it is hard for her to offer support when people are making fools of themselves and disguising it as feminism.

The fact of the matter is that women possess qualities that men don't and men possess qualities that women don't. That is natural. Plus, no one sees men parading the streets in penis costumes complaining that they don't get to carry their own fetus for nine months.

1. She really loves and values women.

She is incredibly proud to be a woman.

She knows the amount of power than a woman's presence alone can hold. She sees when a woman walks into a room and makes the whole place light up. She begs that you won't make her feel like a "lady hater" because she doesn't want to follow a trend that she doesn't agree with.

2. She wants equality, too

She has seen the fundamental issues in the corporate world, where women and men are not receiving equal pay.

She doesn't cheer on the businesses that don't see women and men as equivalents. But she does recognize that if she works her butt off, she can be as successful as she wants to.

3. She wears a bra.

While she knows the "I don't have to wear a bra for society" trend isn't a new one, but she doesn't quite get it. Like maybe she wants to wear a bra because it makes her feel better. Maybe she wears a bra because it is the normal things to do... And that's OK.

Maybe she wants to put wear a lacy bra and pretty makeup to feel girly on .a date night. She is confused by the women who claim to be "fighting for women," because sometimes they make her feel bad for expressing her ladyhood in a different way than them.

4. She hates creeps just as much as you do. .

Just because she isn't a feminist does not mean that she is cool with the gruesome reality that 1 in 5 women are sexually abused.

In fact, this makes her stomach turn inside out to think about. She knows and loves people who have been through such a tragedy and wants to put the terrible, creepy, sexually charged criminals behind bars just as bad as the next woman.

Remember that just because she isn't a feminist doesn't mean she thinks awful men can do whatever they want.

5. There is a reason she is ashamed of 2018's version of feminism.

She looks at women in history who have made a difference and is miserably blown away by modern feminism's performance.

Not only have women in the past won themselves the right to vote, but also the right to buy birth control and have credit cards in their names and EVEN saw marital rape become a criminal offense.

None of them dressed in vagina costumes to win anyone over though... Crazy, right?

6. She isn't going to dress in a lady parts costume to prove a point.

This leaves her speechless. It is like the women around her have absolutely lost their minds and their agendas, only lessening their own credibility.

"Mom, what are those ladies on TV dressed up as?"

"Ummm... it looks to me like they are pink taco's honey."

She loves who she is and she cherished what makes her different from the men around her. She doesn't want to compromise who she is as a woman just so she can be "equal with men."

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I'm very happy I claimed the major I do now.


I didn't always know what I wanted to do. I was raised on the idea that I could only be three things. I could be a doctor, lawyer or a teacher.

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I saw the state our country and thought that I'd like to change it. I think politics has become too much about money and too little about helping the people.

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I want to give back to my parents, the people who have supported and fought for me.

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