Hey everyone! Welcome back. Now, this is one of more of my serious blog posts where I am talking about a serious topic. So let me start by saying these two things; I am not anti-gun, nor am I anti- second amendment. I am anti-gun violence. Therefore, please do not try to jump to conclusions. Okay, lets get started!
When I was only in the fifth grade, I started fearing guns. It started with Sandy Hook, where over 20 students and teachers were shot down just from going to class/work. After that happened, my mother told me the story of the columbine shooting, and I had nightmares. I thought that was the big bang and that would be it, sadly it just started there, because other mass shootings happened. Not just in schools, but in movie theatre's, church's, mall's and so much more. But the most common mass shootings seemed to happen in one place, schools. Which scares me, because, well I go to school. I am a junior in high school, but I plan to go to college, and there have been school shootings there too!
"An ongoing Washington Post analysis has found that more than 150,000 students attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools have experienced a shooting on campus since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999."- The Washington post.
150,000 students, have experienced threats, or being locked up as their school is being shot up. We go to school everyday expecting to be safe, and to learn, and to socialize and make new friends and memories. School has taught me hardcore life lessons, such as, how to make friends, how to avoid rude people. And so much more. But, one of the lessons shouldn't be where to hide and how to defend myself if a person walks in with a gun. and starts shooting. I shouldn't have to worry if my teacher could save my life if someone walked in with a gun. I shouldn't worry, my classmates shouldn't worry, and my parents that send me off to school everyday should not worry.
When the Parkland shooting happened, I think something finally snapped. Students are sick of these threats and going to their classmates funerals. And personally as a student, I am sick of living in fear at school, everyday. And that is why I did the march for my life with my best friend.
March for our lives is a movement that happened all throughout the nation. And today I woke up and I marched in downtown Salt Lake.
Not only did I march for myself and the safety of my high school, I marched for the future generations. For my ten year old brother who is in the fifth grade. For my precious future kids. And so many more. It was amazing, and life changing. I had a few people tell me that they were proud of us, and they were complete strangers. We were strangers, yet we came together and loved each other, for all one, beautiful reason; marching for our lives. People tell us that we are millennials, kids, and we can't do anything, and we have no say. Well, today we proved them beyond wrong. I walked with thousands of students today, not just from my school, but all across the valley. We came together, because we are in fear that WE are the next kids to be shot as we walk to class.
I am beyond grateful for this experience I got to be apart of. Enough is truly enough. This is for the 150,000 students that went to school for an education, and came home with PTSD. Never. Again. I refuse to be next, or let any of my classmates be next. Thank you for reading. And have an amazing, safe week.
If you want to see more of my experience, click on this video. Thank's guys!