There is a huge march going on #marchforourlives. I have to admit, I have never gone to a march for anything and I honestly don't know if I would. I feel as though I have good reasoning. I have a daughter and I am her sole provider, her only parent, if anything were to happen to me, well that would be quite a shame. I think that supporting behind the scenes is 100 percent ok and should not be criticized. I have most definitely gotten a lot of shit for not marching at certain points in the last couple of years, protesting, however you want to categorize it. I have ALWAYS supported behind the scenes, but my fear is that big crowds of people, all in one place could become a target and it has as we have scene in some of the shootings that have happened throughout the years. I just cannot put myself in a position to be a target for some lunatic. If you are supporting whether you are at home donating to a cause or getting together people on social media, or physically out in the thick of it, you are supporting in the way you know how and if someone is making you feel guilty for the way that you want to support, then FUCK THEM!
A lot of people ask where I stand on the whole gun law situation. I grew up learning how to shoot a gun when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I would play paintball here and occasionally go to a gun range with my Stepfather who has always owned guns and kept them safely locked in a safe. We weren't hunters, it was all just for fun really. It's really as simple for me as stricter gun laws. An 18 year old surely should not have a gun whether they are of clear mental state of mind or not. I think unless you are a professional hunter or law enforcement there really is no reason to have a gun in possession. A bat or a knife is going to do the job just as well if you are worried about an intruder. In fact, stun guns should be allowed for home owners who feel they need more protection. I hope things can be figured out for the sake of our younger generation. I remember fire drills in school, earthquake drills, but now at my daughters school (and mind you she is only 2), they are having gun drills, what to do if someone comes in with a gun. This is the world we are living in and homeschool might become the more popular form of education.
I am a little surprised that more shootings didn't happen while I was in school. I knew plenty of people who were mercilessly bullied, I was bullied as well, but I never wanted to break into my Stepdad's gun case and bring one to school, it never even crossed my mind. There is something about the generation in high school now that is taking a lot more action on their feelings whether good or bad action. I believe that much of it has to do with social media, with the way the world is affecting them, it's just a lot tougher now, I do not envy the generation that is still in high school and in college right now, I don't envy them at all, I just missed this one by the hair of my chinny chin chin, (I don't have hair on my chin, but hopefully you get what I am saying). I want to commend those marching and I wish safety upon them. Hopefully this generation of teenagers dealing with all of this heavy shit can start the process of making it better and the ones below them can seal the remainders.
Are we ever going to live in a peaceful world? Let's be honest, I don't believe that will be the case for 100's of years, maybe more, there has never been total peace on this earth, "Pleasantville" was just a movie people, and even hell broke loose at the end of that one. I don't know that you would want a "sugar and spice and everything nice" planet, would you? It would be nice wouldn't it and only time will tell.
Stay safe out there for those leading the marches and protesting!