Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Look Alive!

By: Mary Kiser

            I can admit that I take my safety for granted. My morning commute to the Mt. Pleasant Trident Campus has the same level of excitement as the lull of movie credits, and I have more fingers on one hand than thoughts about my general well-being on a college campus. But on October 1, 2015, yet another gutless act of violence on college students plagued America with its prescence. While my Thursday morning consisted of Diet Coke, lectures in Spanish, and prep for final exams, the students attending Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon were fighting to save themselves and each other. A man, identified by some officers as Chris Harper Mercer, shot and killed multiple students. While police eliminated the problem, nine people lost their lives and seven were injured due to a senseless and morally devoid act of gun violence.
            While the media seems to have been more focused on Republican debates, Syria, and the Clinton emails, the ugly issue of gun control comfortably hid in the groves of this country’s significant drama. But not even four months after the Emanuel AME shooting, yet another grisly crime has been executed on innocent people who weren’t harming anything or anybody. If you watched President Obama’s response on BBC, then you could hear the stress, disappointment, and demand for tighter gun laws and stricter regulation of firearms. And I agree with him. How many more people are going to die because an unstable man or woman has easy access to weapons? Enough is enough! If guns aren’t regulated or background checks delegated, then the price to pay won’t be cars, clothes, houses, or even financial security. It will be someone’s mom, dad, brother, sister, son, or daughter. 


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