Yesterday’s demonstration to enforce gun control in the U.S. was a demonstration of strength and courage from students, parents, teachers and all the people who want a change. We have all just had enough of mass shootings, of being scared to even go to school, and the success of this demonstration was something worth noticing and applauding. From the hundreds of marches celebrated across the world to the impact they made across the world, which no matter what age, sex, race, religion or background, masses of people united to march for better gun control and put an end to these tragedies that have sadly become so common America.
I’m sorry to say I did not participate in the march that was held here in Puerto Rico, even when it started near my house, I didn’t know it was happening here until I saw the news later. I work afternoons as a tutor, my mother is a teacher and when I saw the news about the Stoneman Douglas High School, I thought about my mother, her friends, the children I tutor and the rest of the students I see everyday I go into that school. Those students were just as innocent as my students and had their whole lives ahead of them to do great things.
Puerto Rico has one of the strictest gun laws in the U.S. but this doesn’t stop ilegal guns from getting into the hands of people. Just last week my parents told me they heard gun shots early in the morning, later they found out a shooting had taken place at a bar just blocks away from our house. This means our laws need to be more strict and make it impossible for people to get guns.
From Washington D.C. to Paris, France and more, this movement took over the world and it wont stop there. This is a movement that will change the world and the lives of every one of us to make it a better and safer place to live. This is not a movement to just keep guns away from schools, but out of the hands of everyone; there is no place for guns in our home and our lives; they are not for fun, not to feel safe or secure.
Keep guns away from everyone’s hands, homes, streets, stores, jobs, and schools.