We need to talk about Parkland.

Hello Lovely Readers,

This post will be on the unedited/rawer side then most of my other posts or content. Quickly before I go into this subject – I have been loving the Winter Olympics and might do a blog post on ski wear/ski gear/aspen inspired looks?! Let me know your thoughts down below.

2018 Parkland. 17 dead. Teachers & Children & School Staff. Many more injured and even more traumatised by one man with an incredibly dangerous weapon. I was born in 1996 in July. A few months before I was born in April of ’96 at Port Arthur 35 people were murdered by a man with an incredibly dangerous weapon. More just like Portland were injured and traumatised.

The craziest part of this situation is not just the death toll, the many many massacres in the US or the determination of certain groups to restrict gun licenses or make guns available; it is that I have never lived through a mass murder that has occurred on Australian shores.

Never.

I’ve never feared going to school. I’ve never feared going to uni. I’ve never feared going to the movies… never feared being shot to death by a lone shooter or as some say a ‘home grown terrorist’.

While I don’t want to get into the specifics of gun laws (I have strong opinions) plus to be honest as an Australian I don’t know a whole lot and have never had to grow up with it;I do want to comment on 2 aspects of this situation.

  1. We have to keep talking about these events & talking about those who were killed as people and not numbers.

I think what I’ve realised is that to an extent I have ‘mass shooting fatigue’. My initial reaction to this tragedy was not sadness but exhaustion and thinking ‘at least it’s not too bad’. Which is insane because these are people’s lives. They have families and friends and jobs and first kisses and prom and Macca’s runs to experience or look forward to. Just because it’s not ‘as bad’ as Vegas or ‘worse’ than Sandy Hook it doesn’t make any tragedy less or worse or more deserving. People have died. It should be enough for these events to stay on the air and be talked about until something changes.

2. Right to bear arms is considered more important than the right to life

Essentially at this point the right to carry a weapon – the key argument for gun lobbyists is that having a weapon to defend oneself with is crucial to living life normally. However this kind of mentality is what’s stopping major action. I’m not talking about handguns or small firearms but automatic and semi-automatic rifles? Guns that can kill so many – who needs them? Do you really value human lives over the right to carry a weapon that likely wouldn’t help in such a situation?As a How many people need to die until this attitude changes? It really makes you assess what a human life is worth to some people. Every time a massacre happens they are deaths that didn’t have to happen.

Can you imagine losing your life so needlessly? When a law could have passed that could have prevented the hundreds of lives lost before Vegas, before Miami, before Sandy, before Virginia Tech.

 

As an Australian I know I don’t have the strongest say or voice in this matter.. it’s not my country. But as someone who has lived without fear of this kind of attack and yet has viewed so much tragedy these events can’t be viewed as the new normal. Action needs to be taken.

Much Love & Stay Safe – TRC x

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