Ever since 14th February, everyone’s news-feeds and social media have been coated in posts about the Parkland shooting. On that fateful day, perpetrator Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school and shot seventeen people including students as well teachers. While the initial aftermath included a lot of sympathy from onlookers in the global community, it also included a heightened stress on mental health issues specially among the youth. While it is important that mental health issues are addressed and do not go ignored, the bigger question that this incident brought with it, one that the NRA does not want to address, it that of gun control.
I am not a US citizen, I may not know the exact details of the discussions taking place with regards to control or why it hasn’t been addressed appropriately. I am also not the right person to be passing judgments on gun control without know how the process of buying and selling guns takes places in US, specially since I come from a country where possession of guns for an ordinary citizen is illegal, but hey, at least I won’t get shot trying to go to school right? However, what I do what to address is the rising degradation of the youths opinions on gun control. I’m not here to give my opinion on the making or implementation of laws, I’m here to express my outrage over the response it has received by the media and gun supporters who seem to value their easy access to guns and money over the lives of the innocent.
Ever since the national walkout, I have read countless posts and numerous videos that attempt to prove that the very students and victims standing up for gun control and participating in the national walkout day, know nothing about the guns they want control on.
While they may be right about the fact that these students, who want gun control, really do know nothing about the technicality of guns, I don’t see why they have to or why that’s such a big deal.
First of all, expecting sixteen year old children to know about military level guns, says a lot in itself. Secondly, It doesn’t take a genius to know that guns kill people and their easy access could make mass shootings a much more probable affair. Someone who saw their bestfriend or teacher shot in front of them should not be expected to know what the “AR” in an “AR-15” stands for to take a stand against them. Demeaning and degrading an entire movement based on legitimate concerns simply because “they’re kids and they don’t now what they’re talking about” is hands-down one of the biggest statements in undermining democracy. Why should they know about the technicality of guns anyway? They aren’t the ones who have to make policies or pass laws that make regulation a more important aspect of the sale of guns. They are citizens who are tired of becoming victims and bearing losses just because SOMEONE doesn’t wanna give up the bed of money they sleep on every night, sure makes dealing with the death of hundreds a lot easier, doesn’t it?
These students and the people who stand with them are citizens, who have beyond reasonable demands. It is not their job to make these happen or to ensure they are feasible (which they are), and just because they are children, it doesn’t mean they can be so easily dismissed or that they should be discredited by questioning their knowledge on guns.
While I am personally pro gun control, I don’t think it matters whether you are pro or anti gun control. This isn’t me telling you what opinion you should have with regards to guns and other weapons. If someone wants a gun, then that’s okay, but it wouldn’t hurt to have more regulation. This is simply me asking you why it is so impossible for us to let people expressing their concerns without creating pre-requisites for it?