The United States is divided more than ever on the topic of gun reform. A Pew Research Center study reveals that gun control is the one of the most polarizing issues facing America today, second only to Trump's border wall -- there is a 54 percentage point gap between liberals' and conservatives' views on gun control. This was in early 2017. In March 2018, the question over what kills people, guns or people, has become the most divisive matter in our nation.
What we Americans fail to realize, however, is that school safety is not political. Perfectly stated in the March for Our Lives' mission statement, "There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing and growing."
The children of America live in a perpetual state of fear. Every time we walk through the front gate of our school we risk getting shot in the head. Every time we walk down our school hallways we think to ourselves that this could be the place where we die. Every time we enter a building we immediately look for the emergency exits, just in case someone comes onto campus with a gun he got much too easily. Every time we hear an air horn or fire alarm sounding in the classrooms we desperately hope that it is just a drill. Nobody wants this for their children.
We should not focus on "gun control," but rather "school safety." All we want is to be safe in the one place that is supposed to be a place of security, happiness, and growing up. We don't want to talk politics, because school safety is a basic right. School safety should be universal. School safety should not be a debate. School safety should not, and will not, be taken for granted.
In the words of C. Ryan Joyce, school safety is not political. It's critical.
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