This is The Bison’s fourth article regarding a mass shooting this school year. As students, we have lived most of our lives in a country accustomed to mass shootings. We have become desensitized to hearing the death tolls of our peers, and we believe this has gone on long enough.
Our staff believes no students should ever experience the horror of a school shooting. We are saddened by the violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and while our prayers are with those connected to the school, we also stand with the students of Parkland in demanding action be taken.
We believe systematic changes are necessary, whether they regard mental health policies, gun laws or intervention for broken families. We have the power to prevent school shootings. As students, parents, teachers and most importantly, Christians, it is our responsibility to advocate for the value of human life, regardless of political leanings.
First, we should pray. As Christians, we understand and believe in the power of prayer. We also believe the words of James 2:17, that faith without works is dead. Pray not only for the survivors, but for the steps we take as a country to end gun violence.
Second, vote. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, only half of eligible 18-29 year-olds participated in the 2016 general election. Vote for local, state and congressional representatives who support your views. More information can be found at usa.gov.
Third, call your state representatives. Call (202) 224-3121 to reach the Capitol switchboard and ask to speak with your home state representative. Let your voice be heard.
We are debating lives of friends, family, educators, coworkers and church members. This is about more than guns. This is about people. This is our future.