We Live in Terror
We are accustomed to horrible attacks. Visiting other countries, going to a concert, shopping for your sister’s birthday present, going to school, attending a religious ceremony are experiences we have all gone through. Maybe not all, but we’ve lived one or two. It’s not ok. These events are tainted with attacks. Racially charged, religiously charged, or a person with guns and ammunition.
The reasons for these deaths are never justified.
Men, women, children. Social media floods with Pray for ____. That’s not good enough. Action needs to be taken. Yes, I am constantly thinking of how I would react if I were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Would I find a safe spot to hide? Do I comfort the attacker and try to stop them? Could I escape? Would I come out alive?
No, I shouldn’t have to feel paranoid when I go to the movie theater, or when I’m on campus.
My heart hurts every time a tragedy happens. Sitting hopelessly watching the news on my phone. After a couple of days, everyone moves on to the next “biggest news”. A Kardashian is pregnant? We’ll find out in 9 months.
“I’m a lover, not a fighter”
I am both.
It isn’t about what side you are in the political party. It’s about valuing human lives. What future are we building? What will be left for future generations? Will we go down in the history books as the era that stood by and allowed violence to tear down our homes?
We should fight for a better future. Fight for better laws. First of all, it should be more difficult to purchase a gun than to purchase a house. We need a better vetting process. A person who is mentally unstable shouldn’t be able to purchase a weapon. In addition, schools and workplaces need to be more open about teaching people how they can spot signs of mental instability. We live in terror.
Let’s stop living in terror.