Today, HarpersBAZAAR.com features an op-ed by Emma González, a Parkland student and survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School two weeks ago. In the piece, González opens up about her week fighting for gun control, writing of the experience, “We are children who are being expected to act like adults, while the adults are proving themselves to behave like children.”
She also comments on what she and her fellow students are fighting for:
[I]f I’m able to communicate one thing to adults it would be this: it should not be easier to obtain a driver’s license than it is to purchase a gun, and military grade weapons should not be accessible in civilian settings. You don’t drive a NASCAR on the street, no matter how fun it might be, just like you don’t need an AR-15 to protect yourself when walking home at night. No one does.
At the end of the day, we don’t want people to have their guns taken away, we just want the people to be more responsible. We want civilians to have to go through more rolls of red tape to get what they want, because if any of that tape can stop those who shouldn’t own a gun from owning a gun, then our government will have done something right. All we want to do is go back to school. But we want to know that when we walk onto campus, we won’t have to worry about the possibility of staring down the barrel of a gun. We want to fix this problem so it doesn’t occur again, but mostly we want people to forget about us once this is over. We want to go back to our lives and live them to the fullest in respect for the dead.
Teachers do not need to be armed with guns to protect their classes, they need to be armed with a solid education in order to teach their classes. That’s the only thing that needs to be in their job description. People say metal detectors would help. Tell that to the kids who already have metal detectors at school and are still victims of gun violence. If you want to help arm the schools, arm them with school supplies, books, therapists, things they actually need and can make use of.
González ends her piece imploring readers to support them: “So march with us on March 24th. Register to vote. Actually show up to the polls. Because we need to relieve the NRA of its talking points, once and for all.”
You can read González’s full piece here: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a18715714/protesting-nra-gun-control-true-story/.