To the Editor,
What is the weight of 17 bodies, 17 lives cut short and 17 children gone from the world, to which no action could bring them back?
How heavy does this burden hang in our hearts as a country that has done so little to end this repetition, with representatives and other elected officials who have yet to take action, who seem blind and deaf to the cries and demonstrations that have arisen from this heavy burden?
Those who are marching in Washington and in their state houses feel that weight, and the fear that tomorrow there could be 17 more.
It’s been two months since the Parkland shooting, and there is yet to be any large-scale change to address the problem of mass shootings in the United States.
While some communities and states have taken action, at the federal level the response has been meek. The Trump administration has made moves to ban bump stocks, but this alone will do little to curb the gun violence present in this country.
Assault rifles remain on the market, and gun shows remain a way to circumvent background checks, weakening the security of keeping weapons out of the hands of unsafe individuals.
Policies which address these problems would go much further to mitigate this crisis.
As a student myself, it has become increasingly troubling that so little is being done to protect citizens and students across the nation.
School shootings seem to be occurring with ever-increasing frequency, and with time it is becoming difficult to put the possibility of such a tragedy striking my school at any given time out of mind. I feel it is long past time for our legislators to pass laws which will protect the citizens of the U.S.
Nikolas is a student at IU-Bloomington.