Honestly, I should have said this a long time ago.
215 days into 2019, America had witnessed 249 shootings. Mass shootings.
As an American, born and brought up in America, I’m ashamed. Isn’t America supposed to be the “land of the free”? The “home of the brave”?
I don’t think there’s anything brave at all about grabbing a gun and shooting a whole bunch of people. Is there really any reason to still be proud of my country when everything is crumbling around me?
Yet I am still an American. I belong here, and there’s no changing that.
However, what we can change is the fact that there were so many shootings in barely 200 days. Is that ok? Can we just slap a label on it and agree with President Trump for everything?
The world is watching, guys. The world’s watching America flustered and stammering all over the place. They’re laughing at us. And we’re okay with that? We’re going to take it and stand there, ashamed, looking at our feet?
I mean, they’re right. But that doesn’t change anything. It’s time to swallow our pride and mourn for those who lost their lives and those whose loved ones will never open their eyes again. It’s time to mourn for our brothers and sisters who are in wheelchairs or disabled for life. It’s time to mourn for America.
It’s not right to look at the rest of the world for support. Where were we when they had a crisis? In our posh bedrooms, stomach full, laptop on our lap, tweeting about their problems without an understanding of anything.
Listen up, America. This is absurd. It’s absurd that not only are your citizens disappointing everyone, but they won’t even acknowledge it.
Video games aren’t causing mass shootings.
We might as well say that bananas cause suicide.
Gosh, this is crazy. I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed, America. I’m embarrassed of you, I’m embarrassed of me. I’m embarrassed of us.
Video games don’t cause mass shootings. That’s not to say that video games don’t waste time and aren’t addicting, but that’s a different problem and we need to learn not to blame outsiders and companies for something that’s very much an internal fault.
We need gun restrictions, America.
Yes, mental health could definitely be a part of it. America’s schooling system is whack and generally contributes to anxiety and depression at a young age, something that other countries have, but not to his extent. White supremacy can be defined as mental health issues, and I’d totally agree.
But these mass shootings aren’t because of video games. They are because of white supremacy and very loose gun restrictions.
Why don’t you get that, America?
Our president- hello, Mr. Trump. I don’t even want to think about you right now, but it’s not like I have a choice. You won’t see this, Mr. Trump, but I’m begging you, do something-
On behalf of the families in grief who are too worn to say a word let alone demand anything from a politician-
On behalf of the Americans ashamed and embarrassed of their own country, good people at heart-
And on behalf of me, a young girl still figuring out her place in the world, someone who deeply wants to believe that people are kind and beautiful, no matter the truth-
A Concerned Citizen
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