Talon Marks

Kids need a childhood not guns

Bianca Martinez

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We are now living in a society where children feel that they have an obligation to sacrifice their young lives and childhood in order to fight for the lives of others. If this current situation does not read as fubar, then were all fucked, but not as much as the children of this nation.

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We are being thrown back into an era where Congress might as well thrust a rifle into the hands of eight year olds rather than Crayolas if gun control is not being regulated.

Posts have already surfaced on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook about parents recounting interactions with their young children on the subject of school shootings.

Discussions on the posts range from children wanting to buy new shoes to replace their light-up ones in fear that their whimsical shoes would catch the attention of an active shooter to that of high schoolers willing to sacrifice themselves to carry their handicapped teacher out of a classroom if such a situation were to occur.

Children are not adults, they are not allowed to make adult situations yet here these children are sacrificing their under developed lives for a system that failed them miserably.

The parents of these children don’t want “thoughts and prayers,” they undoubtedly do enough praying over the safety over their children, they don’t need any help in that manner from people like the President of the United States.

If the Republicans do not hear the screams of small children or the wails of their grieving parents whenever they look at an assault rifle or semi-automatic or automatic weapon, then they are without compassion for humanity, for vulnerable children.

Some of these parents are not asking for a ban of all weapons just those that inhibit the most carnage, such as military grade weapons, which assault rifles fall under the category of.

Don’t get your thinly-veiled opinions into a tizzy, those who are unwavering on their pro-gun stance.

There is something called compromise.

You can keep your damn guns but not those devised for military grade combat purposes.

The average life expectancy of child is going to be at roughly the age of fifteen if nothing is changed about our current gun laws.

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Kids need a childhood not guns