I’m taking time from your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday to talk about something that is a hell of a lot more important than having a great time reading a good story. Enough is enough, America needs Gun Control Laws.
What?: I’m not usually a person who talks about politics, and I chose not to write this post immediately after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because frankly it would’ve been just one of many posts. That being said it’s been nearly a month since it occurred and Congress still has yet to do anything but talk. It’s disgusting, humiliating and disheartening all at the same time. Kids are the future, it’s a very literal fact. They have to deal with the messes we leave behind once we’re gone. The fact that we even have to have talks about Gun Control in a country of over 300 million is ridiculous. There are incredibly strict laws in other countries where they aren’t being held at gunpoint by their governments and still have civil rights. The founding fathers didn’t ever think there would be things like Assault Rifles when they wrote the Bill of Rights.
The 2nd Amendment doesn’t state anything about owning guns that can kill more than one person easily. Even if you disagree with me, there is literally no reason whatsoever to think that arming ourselves would stop a government deadset on imposing total control. I’m sorry, but if the military wanted to take control of the country, they wouldn’t have a hard time. Sure some of the crazy gun nuts would be holed up in their homes for a while, but can 20 civilians stop a platoon of highly trained soldiers? I don’t believe that’s going to happen. Nope, if they wanted in and didn’t give a shit about people they’d just toss a grenade into a window and walk away.
But Crisis Actors!: The NRA and other assholes like those from Breitbart are ignorant fools and frankly in my opinion no better than terrorists when they try to smear the kids from MSD. Crisis Actors? Seriously? Fuck that, even if it was a fucking hoax and I’m absolutely not saying that is even remotely my opinion, because it’s not, it doesn’t change the fact that the US needs to take it’s fucking head out of the dirt hole it’s been stuck in for the last 60 years and grow the fuck up. Kids shouldn’t be afraid of going to school for any reason other than missing homework and getting an earful.
What can I do?: You can go march in your city next week with countless others around the country to get people to realize that we need to change. Thoughts and Prayers are just bullshit excuses from people who don’t give a flying fuck about kids getting killed. If you cant do that, you can call your local congressional representatives and tell them to get off their fat asses and do something. Kids deserve to feel safe in school.
But I’m just a kid: Well here’s the thing, once you can vote you should do so. Don’t ever think that your vote doesn’t matter. Don’t refuse to vote because you disagree with the choices, that’s the stupid coward’s way of doing things. Choose the least evil if you have to choose between things that you don’t like either way. This generation of kids who will turn 18 this year will now make up the majority. Prior generations won’t have the ability to drown your vote out anymore. Change can happen, it will happen if you participate. Get registered to vote, apply for an absentee ballot if you can if you want to avoid going to the polls. If you live in a place like Oregon where your ballot is mailed weeks before the election you can vote from the comfort of your home. Don’t ever think that your vote doesn’t matter.
But I’ll be suspended if I participate in a protest!: Do it anyways, Colleges don’t give a shit about your grades from High School and especially not earlier. Not really. If you were to apply with a good set of grades marred by a suspension or three for protesting they won’t care about that suspension if you explain why you got it. If you have to write an admission’s essay, write how you got suspended for doing the right thing by going out to exercise your free speech in the face of consequences. If you get suspended it doesn’t matter. You get a break from school and you’ll know you did the right thing. They’ll eat that right up.
That’s it for this for this week, I’ll be back with your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday next week. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!