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Editorial: Make America Wake Again

Dante Lopez-Bennett, Copy Editor

Since when does the American dream, access to a better education and better quality of living, include resting in peace?

Now, in 2018 we reckon. Where presidents refuse to unveil taxes, Canadian rappers are philanthropists, and white supremacists have resolved to do alt-right and kill everything in sight. Such are the quarrels of today, where schoolyards are the new battlefield on which the war on terror is fought.  A touching moment indeed was the sight of survivor Emma Gonzalez calling BS on those in governance who claim that “millennials” can’t possibly know about the world in which they live. Though her aspirations and challenge to the authority are touching, perhaps this time they will not be short-lived.

You see, a bit of high school drama went down at Stoneman Douglas this week and it was anything but what those of the older generations could have fathomed or can now be in the position of authority to comprehend. On Valentine’s day as an innocent, you’re supposed to fret about an “ex,” and not because X marks the spot where an active shooter wants to bury a bullet in your skull. As an innocent, the generation responsible for your existence should be responsible for your protection. And if they can no longer be, admit that they have failed.

Unfortunately, Punxsutawney feelings and an older generation’s misleadings are among us. Day and day, time after time, and yet again, it’s become repetitive as the massacre happens, a vigil and mass occur, and then we, as citizens of a country that prides itself as being the leader of the free world, act like this is an isolated instance of bad luck. We act, like somehow, a GUN is not able to threaten us in our public meeting spaces. With hundreds of articles written in our newsroom on the subject of mass shootings and guns has been the tool with which people of all different ages have killed, it’s about time that we recognize access to firearms as always being the problem.

We should truly think. As to how and why some schools in low-income neighborhoods in Harlem don’t have this problem. Because surely, the government loves the folks that live there, and obviously they were the first to have metal detectors on campus! We should think, as to why and how posing with money phones to your ear on the gram is more of a pretext for being arrested than if you were to be a militant gun enthusiast whose hobbies include slaying toads and joking about shooting up your school online. With such profound ignorance, and twisted virtues I can’t help but wonder if the Student blood at Stoneman Douglas’ High school was oil if then, Republican representatives would have rushed to their aid sooner. I wonder, if they would, at last, put their money where their mouth is and make firearms of all shapes and sizes legal on every campus.

Ms. Gonzalez said it best when she made it known that {he who should not be named} would not have been able to do this damage with a knife. Well no matter, as his story’s next appalling presidential narrative unfolds, and generations grow old, so too, at last, shall the ambitions of the general population find themselves at the forefront of governance. Governing in a realistic way that is not opposed to evolution, problem-solving, and common sense. We should hope.

But before hope, comes us wondering and marveling at the series of unfortunate events that lies before us now. Holding no punches, Mr. President, once again, with your legislative agenda, you have demonstrated your want to only Make America Wake Again. As you tally bands, and in your eyes is the greedy lust of a racist only tolerant of green faces that the NRA provides you with, we recognize the two years and eleven months left in your term.

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