At the age of 6, me and my family attended a talk by Darrell Scott. Is this name doesn’t ring a bell, he is the father of Rachel Joy Scott. Sound familiar, she was killed at Columbine. At that young age not only did I learn that it is possible for one person to kill another. I learned it was possible to kill muliptle people, good people, with guns, almost like a sport. At the age of six, I was exposed to the reality of mass shootings, and was desensitized to these types of tragedies. I’m am not blaming my parents for takin me to Darrell Scott’s talk, if anything they opened my eyes to the true terror of the world, and how to be able to see the sun beneath the ashes.
Everywhere on social media I see “Mellineals are ruining the napkin industry.” “Mellineals are ruining the chain restaurant business.” “Mellineals are lazy… want things handed to them… are unrealistic.” Do you really want to know what’s wrong with our generation, that everyone should be talking about?
BOMB THREATS AND MASS SHOOTINGS ARE A STATUS QUO!
In 2009, in the beginning of my Junior year of high school, 13 people were killed in Ft. Hood, Texas, my home state. Shortly after, my high school was evacuated because we received a bomb threat. My senior year, a recent graduate from my small high school was shot and killed in the parking lot of a popular club in San Antonio. Six were killed in Arizona. My school was under another bomb threat. In college, 12 were killed in Aurora, Colorado. Texas State University, my Alma Mater, was under a bomb threat. University of Texas, under a different bomb threat. Within the same week! Pulse night club in Orlando, San Bernardino… I can go on and on. Bomb threats and mass shootings as a new status quo is absolutely unacceptable. I remember hearing my friends saying “bomb threats are so annoying,” because they happen all the time. WHAT KIND OF MIND SET IS THAT?! If anything were to change the laws I would think it would be the tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. Twenty innocent children were killed. How does this news become brushed off so lightly and laws do not change.
The older generations that run this country seizes to do nothing. Filibustering major law changes that could help this problem. You see the older generation never saw violence like this on their home land. They went to wars in different countries, invading others land in the name of freedom and democracy. While I am not belittling their service nor sacrifice, they didn’t have to worry about their family at home being harmed. My generation, yes they fight in wars, yes they are sent over seas to fight in the name of freedom and democracy. However, the biggest threat is within our boarders. This biggest threat is mass shooting. We grew up with knowing how messed up, full of hate and rage the world really is. You want to know how to fuck up a whole generation? Create a culture of fear in their mind, then do nothing to help.
I have never in my life feared of being shot and killed. Until last night. The Las Vegas shooting. As of right now 58 killed 515 injured. I am living 10 miles away from where it happened. As the news was coming out and more information released, my stomach couldn’t handle it, my heart literally started hurting. My anxiety triggered my insomnia and paranoia. Every time I dozed off, I woke up in a panic with a lump in my throat imagining the shooter was in my room. Yes, I realize that is unrealistic, and that is thought of nightmares. But my nightmare last night was over 20,000 people’s reality running for their lives away from hundreds and hundreds of bullets whose shooter yearned to place them in a spot of hurt, pain, and detriment.
is nearly impossible for me to stand idly by and let mass shootings and bomb threats become the new status quo. Something needs to change drastic and fast.
Through out my experiences in my life, I feel like I have a good excuse to live in fear everyday. While battling with anxiety and depression, some days I do live in fear. However this mindset shouldn’t be a status quo. Do not let a deranged lunatic (any of the many) effect your positivity. My dad always tells me “Things never make you do anything. Things happen and it is your choice on how to react to it and how you let it effect you.” While my heart quite literally hurts today, I urge all of you to take a step towards dauntless, a step towards positivity. Yes this world is fucked up. We can sit here and let the fuckery consume our souls or we can let it set a fire of change.
Want to fix our generation. Be undomitably fearless.