Hey pals. Time to get political!
I’m so amazed by the power and voices of the young people in America in right with the ‘Walk for Our Lives’ marches happening across the country. I just wanted to add a few words myself since I can’t be there in person and I like to comment on things more than Alexander Hamilton.
Whether you read this or not is up to you, but it’s my blog.
I am twenty. I grew in a family with a history of military service. My
father taught my sister and I that guns were tools. They were not toys.
We did, and probably still do, have guns at home. They are the remains of my Grandfather’s service in Vietnam and my own father’s 35 years in uniform. You can either call it sentiment or purpose removal, but the guns were dismantled, locked away, and forgotten.
In 2015, I moved to the UK. In 1996, the UK witnessed its deadliest mass shooting.
The Dunblane Massacre killed sixteen primary schoolchildren and one teacher.
After the tragedy, instead of offering prayers and condolences, Parliament passed laws.
Today, gun crime is virtually non-existent. It’s next to impossible to even purchase firearms. From my own observations, most of the time police officers are often not even armed.
My friends ask about America. They ask why tools designed to kill are permitted
where they have neither a need nor job. They ask why civilians need to play
military. They ask why the rights of objects supersede the right to life.
I explain the antiquated 2nd Amendment, the evolution from militia to professional military, and how politicians accept NRA money.
To them, America is another world.
Honestly, on this issue? I agree.
The answer is not more guns, arming teacher, or fortifying playgrounds. The
answer is not ‘prayers and condolences.’ The answer is not ‘just be nicer to each other.’ The answer is not trying to circumnavigate the issue instead of simply acknowledging the real problems.
The answer is legislation, buyback programs like those in Australia, and treating mental
and physical health as equals. The answer is going to the polls and making your voice heard.
In November, I will vote. Like 2016, my friends and I will watch from Edinburgh. I
hope, this time, they will see the America I know we can be. I love my country. I really do. But I know we can, we will, and we must do better to protect our future.
Young people are a lot smarter than they are given credit for. They will remember and when it’s their time to govern they won’t forget.