What I've Learned As A Teen Gun Reform Activist

What I’ve Learned As A Teen Gun Reform Activist

Gun Rights

Not long after the Parkland shooting, I attended a meeting at my high school in Elmhurst, Illinois to help plan our walkout. My town is pretty politically mixed — if we did a walkout here, I wasn’t sure how it would go. To keep a close eye on the situation, a vice principal had joined the meeting to listen in as we discussed our feelings of safety in the face of school shootings. The all-important question finally came up: Do you feel safe in school? I want to laugh and cry at the ridiculousness of that moment. I want to scream. So much had come to mind: Parkland, Sandy Hook, Columbine — and so many shootings in between that get less attention than they deserve, both on the streets and in schools. How in the world could I feel safe? The only situation that had been running through my mind in the hallways was the potential of an active shooter. I always felt helpless once the bell rang — in crowded hallways, it is difficult to protect everyone. After voicing my fears, the vice principal tried his best to make me feel safe, but it was clear that there was little he thought he could do. Besides, it hadn’t happened in Elmhurst yet, despite multiple threats. Advertisement I would like to have sympathy for those who don’t care about gun violence in my area because there hasn’t been a mass shooting yet in Elmhurst. Yet we’ve had serious threats […]

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What I've Learned As A Teen Gun Reform Activist

What I’ve Learned As A Teen Gun Reform Activist

Gun Rights

Not long after the Parkland shooting, I attended a meeting at my high school in Elmhurst, Illinois to help plan our walkout. My town is pretty politically mixed — if we did a walkout here, I wasn’t sure how it would go. To keep a close eye on the situation, a vice principal had joined the meeting to listen in as we discussed our feelings of safety in the face of school shootings. The all-important question finally came up: Do you feel safe in school? I want to laugh and cry at the ridiculousness of that moment. I want to scream. So much had come to mind: Parkland, Sandy Hook, Columbine — and so many shootings in between that get less attention than they deserve, both on the streets and in schools. How in the world could I feel safe? The only situation that had been running through my mind in the hallways was the potential of an active shooter. I always felt helpless once the bell rang — in crowded hallways, it is difficult to protect everyone. After voicing my fears, the vice principal tried his best to make me feel safe, but it was clear that there was little he thought he could do. Besides, it hadn’t happened in Elmhurst yet, despite multiple threats. I would like to have sympathy for those who don’t care about gun violence in my area because there hasn’t been a mass shooting yet in Elmhurst. Yet we’ve had serious threats at […]

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