Dear Congress,

Dear Congress,

April 16th, 2007
Blacksburg, Virginia
33 dead
23 injured
The third deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in modern United States history

Young Adults
Trying to get a degree
Are forced to run free
Killed without reason
Killed by treason
We all thought that would be the end of guns
We all were wrong

December 14th, 2012
Newtown, Connecticut
28 dead
2 injured
20 of the dead were first graders
6 or 7 years into their lives

Parents send their children to school that morning and never see them again
A concept that could drive any parent insane
They hugged their children for the last time that morning expecting to have them return home that afternoon
They didn’t.

The killer had stolen four guns from his mother to carry out the attack
Turning the lives of 28 black
Why were these guns so accessible?
Why is mental health care so incomprehensible?
We all thought this time it would be the end of guns
We all were wrong

November 14th, 2017
Rancho Tehama Reserve, California
6 dead
18 injured
A man firing aimlessly at anyone he could kill and kills a child in school

Guns are still as easily accessible in 2017 as they had been prior to the hundreds of shootings that had occurred over the past 10 years
You, Congress, have done nothing.
While the families of these victims find these deaths crushing
We all thought maybe the government would notice and step in to help save the lives of millions of citizens that have been killed by gun violence
We all were wrong

February 14th, 2018
Parkland, Florida
17 dead
14 injured
The last straw

We shouldn’t be scared to go to school every morning or have to run lock down drills so frequently
We shouldn’t be scouting out spots to hide in our classrooms in case of the plausible attack of a gunman
We shouldn’t be faced with threats of gun violence by fellow peers filled with anger

It’s time you know, Congress
That our time is now
We will not let guns remain so easily accessible on the streets of our country
There to end millions of lives abruptly
We will not stop until we receive legislation from Congress to put an end to this gun violence in our schools

It’s time you listen
Because we’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

Kelly Pentz ’18 || Art Staff

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