It was just a day like any other, I was scrolling through my Twitter in the living room until I noticed the hashtag “#PrayforChristina” which later then, became “#RipChristinaGrimmie”. For those of you who have read the news (which I believe you should have by now), the 22-year-old ‘Voice’ singer was shot dead at Orlando Concert. Then, my phone notified an incoming message from a friend.
“You heard about that shooting? That youtuber Christina Grimmie is dead.”
This is definitely not the first shooting. I mean, what else is new under the sun? I can’t speak to the past because I wasn’t there, and I’m not a part of that time. Though, what I do noticed is that the conversation about mass shootings in the past year or so has started to make me very sick. How are people getting used to this? This can’t continue. People shouldn’t be living in a constant fear. I can feel the outrage and pain. Scrolling through Facebook, you can see people demanding change in legislation, people praying in their own faith, people just preaching for peace and love. Not all of us are blind. We see what’s happening and are terrified by it. We don’t intend to disregard these feelings. Why? Because they are real, they are valid, they are important.
Over the last year, gun control was a hot debate topic. Regardless of which side of the debate a person stands, we can all agree that gun violence is a high profile issue in the United States. It truly is a sad thing, as many of their politicians vote on these laws in order to make it all safer. There is never an ending argument over the Second Amendment.
Countless times I’ve heard people saying "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." Very true. I do agree that a gun without someone to pull the trigger won't kill anyone, but that doesn't change what a gun's entire purpose is: to kill, and they make it very easy to take lives from yards away. Like most people, I also wish I lived in a world where no one will inflict harm to another. I wish I could walk down empty streets knowing no one around me had a secret motive or wanted to bring pain to others, but life isn’t a fairy-tale. As morbid I sound, we live in a scary world. Some feel better knowing that others around them have guns and can stop potentially devastating events. And if someone wants to commit a crime and use a gun, they will find a way regardless of the laws. But really, enough is enough.
“Rest in peace, Christina Grimmie. You shall be dearly missed.”