There was another school shooting today. Nineteen children and two adults. They were elementary students. Many were around the same age as my brother. I'm upset. How many more children die before our policymakers and our gun-rights supporters realize something needs to change. I'm scared it might happen to me or, even worse, my little brother. I feel as if I am begging for basic necessities, like, please let me go to school and feel safe while I learn, please value me over the right to bear arms. I'm sorry to their parents, family, and peers. I know my apology won't matter much. Still, I doubt they'll receive one from the individuals who supported policies limiting gun control or provided monetary support to the NRA, including individuals like Ted Cruz, who donated $174,274, and Mitch McConnell (KY), who donated $1,267,139. Both of these individuals are politicians, and it's disgusting.
To those lost, I hope you are no longer suffering. May you find peace. "What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, star-dust or sea-foam, flower or winged air."—Thomas Bailey Aldrich