Opinion: Complacency cannot end gun violence

Opinion: Complacency cannot end gun violence

As shootings surround us, we seem to be talking about them less. This will not end the gun violence epidemic that threatens our safety. “It has been brought to our attention that there is a rumor circulating in our community that a school shooting will occur on Monday.” Thus began Interim Principal Sean Priest’s email warning Carlmont families about possible gun violence on campus sent on Feb. 13, 2022. In six sentences, our Silicon Valley bubble burst into smithereens. Multi-million dollar houses couldn’t save us from the dangerous realities of education in the 21st century. Many students opted to stay home. It was an eye-opening day; owning my naivety, I never thought violence would get this close to Carlmont. Like most temporary fears, we moved on quickly. There were prom dresses to buy and AP tests to study for. Seven weeks have passed, and frightened whispers have been quelled. But it’s clear the worst is yet to come. On April 3, a gang-related shooting killed six in downtown Sacramento. Gun violence broke out in a bar in Tel Aviv, leaving two people dead three days later. On April 7, a man shot his nephew in Medford, Massachusetts. We can’t go a week without taking other people’s lives. It’s scary, thinking that nowhere is safe – not our streets, not our classrooms. The United States public school system alone has experienced 92 shootings in the past four years, according to Education Week. We can all agree that this is a […]

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