Written and edited by: Laur Baird
Why is it so easy for people to forget about mass shootings?
As time goes on, and more recent news pops up onto the television and computer, it is sometimes easy to forget about the news that happened only weeks ago. It is not exciting or fun in the slightest to talk about mass shootings and all of the evil going on in the world. With all of the news constantly swirling around about politics, violence, and religion, it is easy to get caught up and forget about all of the bad going on in the world.
We need to keep the determination alive, though. We need to make people realise that lives are at stake with everyday that goes by without stricter gun reform laws. We have already lost so many, and it is time that people and politicians start listening to us and hear what we have to say. Here are just three recent (within the past three or so months) mass shootings that could have easily been avoided. We have to fight and push forward, and keep talking about these terrible tragedies. If we don’t, they could fade away entirely. The victims deserve better than that.
Nashville Waffle House Shooting- On April 12, a man opened fire on a Waffle House, using a semiautomatic rifle. The man shot and killed four people, and injured four others. He shot two people outside of the restaurant, and two more people inside, one of the two passed away in the hospital. A customer, James Shaw Jr, ran at the shooter and disarmed the man, preventing any other deaths or injuries from occurring. The victims were: DeEbony Graves, Akilah Dasilva, Taurean C. Sanderlin, and Joe R. Perez. All of the victims were in their 20’s.
New Jersey all-night art show shooting- Two men opened fire at an all night art show on June 17th. One person was shot and killed, and 22 other people were injured. Witnesses say that several altercations took place outside of the venue, prior to the shooting. The victim was one of the gunmen, who was killed by police.
Maryland Capital Gazette shooting- On June 29th, a man made a targeted attack towards the Capital Gazette newspaper, shooting and killing five people. Two were injured during the attack, though the shooter had said he wanted to kill everyone in the building. The shooter had a shotgun and handgrenades when he entered the building through the lower level. The victims were: Robert Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith.
The news channels may have stopped showing the stories, and journalists may have stopped writing about the victims, but we will never forget those who lost their lives due to senseless gun violence.
In loving memory of DeEbony, Akilah, Taurean, Joe, Robert, Wendi, Gerald, John, and Rebecca, and all others who never made the news headlines. We will not forget you, even if it feels as though everyone else has.