It’s happened again. Another American community is reeling after another mass school shooting.
Events are still developing at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where on Friday, May 18, 2018, an estimated 10 people died in a mass shooting.
It is reportedly the 22 nd school shooting in America in 2018 so far.
In 2018, there have been 22 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. That’s more than 1 shooting a week.
My heart aches for Santa Fe, but to say today is simply a misfortune isn’t enough. If we cannot protect our children we’ve failed. We need commonsense firearm reform. NOW.
— Gavin Newsom (@ GavinNewsom) May 18, 2018
The reactions have been swift and to the phase: This needs to stop.
I should be celebrating my last day of high school, but instead my heart is broken to hear of the misfortune at Santa Fe. We cannot let this continues its work the norm. We cannot.
— Delaney Tarr (@ delaneytarr) May 18, 2018
— Mike Rawlings (@ Mike_Rawlings) May 18, 2018
Kids in #SantaFe went to school this morning and won’t ever come home. They won’t hug their parents, or fight with their siblings, or procrastinate on homework, or play outside ever again.
They’re not statistics-they’re our children. And they’re gone. We have to stop this.
— Seth Moulton (@ sethmoulton) May 18, 2018
Sending all of my love to the students and families in Santa Fe, Texas. We can do better than this. We must do better than this.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@ TheEllenShow) May 18, 2018
Santa Fe is the 3rd school shooting in the past week. Let that sink in.
— Stable Genius Sean Kent (@ seankent) May 18, 2018
Again. Again we are heartbroken. Again a preventable misfortune. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Santa Fe victims and their families, but thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s time to change our laws to protect our children.
— Tom Perez (@ TomPerez) May 18, 2018
When one Santa Fe High School student was asked if she guessed local schools shooting would never happen to her in their own lives, her blunt and painfully honest reaction summed up the personal and collective mood right now: “No. It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always felt it would eventually be happening, too.”
Interviewer: “Was there a part of you that was like,’ This could not happen at my school? ’”
Santa Fe High School student: “No. It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always felt it would eventually happen here, too.”pic.twitter.com/ MPxVScd3QE
— Shannon Watts (@ shannonrwatts) May 18, 2018
One particularly haunting image reveals Santa Fe High School students supporting the March for Our Lives rallies simply 28 days before their own school would become a target.
Santa Fe High School, twenty-eight days ago. pic.twitter.com/ NTOui5tYch
— Angus Johnston (@ studentactivism) May 18, 2018
As Rep. Ted Lieu( D-California) powerfully wrote on Twitter, “There is nothing wrong about praying for victims& first responders at the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. We should pray for them. But there is something very wrong if that is all you do.”
That sentiment has been echoed across social media with political leaders, celebrities, activists, and more advocating for common sense action on firearm violence even as they process their collective heartache in real time.
My heart transgress for the students and faculty of Santa Fe High School, and the families of those who lost their lives today. One young person lost to handgun violence is one too many. This cannot continue. #EnoughIsEnough
— Elizabeth Warren (@ SenWarren) May 18, 2018
We need #GunReformNow.
— Human Rights Campaign (@ HRC) May 18, 2018
As they’ve done since surviving their own tragedy, Parkland teens turned activists voiced their support.
Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all their own lives , not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Guess and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by creating up your voices.
— Emma Gonzalez (@ Emma4Change) May 18, 2018
Senior Sarah Chadwick set herself out there before her more than 300,000 adherents, offering to connect directly with Santa Fe students 😛 TAGEND
To all Santa Fe students and staff, Parkland stands with you and your community. My DMs are open if you’d like to talk. I’m going to try to answer all of them. I’m so so sorry, my community and I are absolutely heartbroken.
— Sarah Chadwick (@ Sarahchadwickk) May 18, 2018
Cameron Kasky was more direct, laying out the stakes for those still coordinating for meaningful gun safety reforms.
At least 8 students have been shot and killed at Santa Fe High School.
Prepare to watch the NRA boast about getting higher donations.
Prepare to see students rise up and be called’ civil terrorists’ and crisis actors.
Prepare for the right-wing media to assault the survivors.
— Cameron Kasky (@ cameron_kasky) May 18, 2018
Grieve, but don’t wait for change.
The epidemic of handgun violence in America is all-too-common political talking phase. But since February when Parkland students added badges like “leaders” and “activists” to the label of “survivor” and thousands of adolescents like them have stepped up to lead, the push for commonsense gun legislation has never been stronger.
To support them and to join their fight to end school shootings like the one at Santa Fe High, here’s what you can do right now 😛 TAGEND
To support March for Our Lives or get involved immediately, you can visit the organization’s website, or text FIGHT to 50409.
EveryTown for Gun Safety is also working to promote common sense handgun safety measures in Congress and boasts more than 4 million members in its ranks. You text ACT to 644 -3 3 to get involved or check them out here.Advertisements%d bloggers like this: