Breathe

With everything that is happening in the world, it can be hard to breathe. To think. To not just be constantly worked up.

Originally, I wanted this post to be more of a list of activities that help me relax. I then realized that I needed more of a post to get out some feelings and give myself a chance to breathe. One of the best ways to help relax can be to talk through whatever is causing you stress, anxiety, or discomfort.

I know I’ve been being more political on the blog than usual but after what happened in Parkland, Florida, I just kept feeling the need to write. I wanted to just share my thoughts, even if I’m the only one reading them. Maybe you, reader, will agree or disagree. No matter which, I hope that we can both be open minded towards each other and listen to what everyone has to say.

Since Trump’s listening session with families affected by gun violence, I couldn’t stop thinking about his conclusion. Arm teachers.

A country where we can’t even properly pay teachers or fund our schools now wants to add the extra cost of arming teachers. Having gone to school to become a teacher, this caused me a bit of anxiety and, honestly, made me angry. How could anyone in their right mind think that this was even a possibility to solve the gun issue in this country?

Let me first say that teachers should not be the last line of defense. They are not cops. They are not soldiers. They are teachers. They are educators. Their job is to educate your children and, hopefully as a result, help them become good people. This becomes hard to do when we can’t even fund schools enough to have pencils for every student. Or to make sure that there is enough kleenex to last the entire school year. We can’t even give our teachers the basics yet we’re going to buy them a gun (and hopefully training!) so that they can be the last line of defense if an active shooter walks into their classroom.

Even writing that is making me angry.

Breathe.

Parkland was just another event under this current administration and, honestly, era of US history that caused me to lose hope for the future. How can I be proud of my country when lawmakers are saying that there is nothing that they can do. That passing common sense gun laws won’t work. That any law that they pass won’t work because criminals, by nature, do not follow laws. The rationale is ridiculous. Not only should the legislators saying this BS be ashamed but anyone who agrees with those statements should be ashamed. Seventeen people were just murdered in a school and all we can do is declare porn a public health risk. It is sick.

So what do we do? What can I do? What can all Americans who want to make a difference and stop this from happening again do?

Simple.

2018 is an election year. If you are eighteen or will be eighteen for November, make sure that you register to vote. Make sure you know your state’s voting laws. Make sure you know your rights as a voter. If you are like me and the lack of action by our government upsets you. If you don’t want the NRA keeping a chokehold on politics. Make sure to support candidates who will not accept NRA money. Who will vote for common sense gun laws. Who will work to pass laws that make our country safer.

Get involved too, if you can.

I could go on but that would not necessarily help me breathe again. Writing just just a step in the process. The next step is to take action.

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