Although 41 percent of Americans think stricter gun regulations would be the most effective way to reduce mass shootings, a close 40 percent say addressing mental health issues will do more. This idea only further heightens the existing classroom battleground instead of making schools a safer place for America's youth.
For the past few weeks, my house has been command central for handling classroom supplies that people across the country have donated to my teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I began school three years later in 2002), all of them have happened while I was a student.
This is my life now. More than 2,200 people saw my latest tweet, 46 people liked it, and 28 people retweeted.
"That's on a lot of their minds, because we don't want to let this movement die".
"If we would have had these measures in place, I would not have had to bury my son next to his mother a week and a half ago".
"OK, so how are you feeling right now for real?" "I was by myself, and I had to walk to the very back of the school to get to class", she says.
I told Delaney that if she brings her empathy to the profession, I - for one - would be grateful.
"I pray that today is the beginning of our long and hard journey from grief, sorrow and anger to a new consciousness of hope, compassion and love", Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie tweeted Wednesday. My Twitter life. My activist life. It's a lot to handle. "Everyday, we're saying to ourselves, we're so lucky".
We don't go back to school until Wednesday.
I write this piece not to speak to parents or politicians, but to speak to my generation. But more importantly, this argument is simply false.
May God bless the victims of the attack on the innocent at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
According to the Everytown for Gun Safety Fund, between 2012 and 2016, an average of 12,726 people have been killed by gun homicides in the US - not including the other 21,637 gun suicides per year, which together amounts to over 34 thousand gun-related deaths in the USA annually. "In some ways we've unfortunately become numb to these incidents". Amanda Edwards is my neighbor across the street. "You need to take some action and play a role." said survivor, David Hogg. Thankfully, her friends were able to escape.
"Taking part in the walkout is important to me because even though I'm a senior and graduating in May, I have a younger sister and a younger brother and I don't want to fear for their safety when I'm not around", she said.
Daniela has mostly recovered physically, and said coming to school and seeing her friends and teachers has helped make her feel better emotionally.
"I'm going to keep going, whenever opportunity strikes, such as right now, just spreading the message", he said.
More than 4,000 schools fall under that count, so the staff excluded adult high schools, hospital homebound students, virtual school students, and Florida Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, to get to 3,800. So, you know, you're going back in where you left off that day - you know, February 14. Additionally, banning modifications that increase the capabilities of assault rifles would go a long way in limiting the capabilities of potential mass shooters. I actually felt relief getting everything back. Otherwise, I'd still be in the background, or sitting in bed.
I spent this time with students at CNGC who articulated the reasons for their demonstration.
"So many of us know people who either were students there or were teachers there", she said.
Heavenly Father, we adore You, even when we do not understand the how and the why of what is happening around us.
Mei-Ling Ho-Shing does her makeup Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at her home in Coconut Creek before her first day back at school.