Letter: When you vote, think of us

Thursday, March 08, 2018
When you vote, think of us

Growing up post-Columbine is, to put it mildly, absolutely terrifying.

We have grown up in a time when we are constantly reminded of our own mortality. We remember the dates of school shootings with more clarity than our first recital, our most recent birthday party, our sibling’s graduation. We get scared when a student lashes out during class because despite growing up beside them we’re too suspicious to assume that they would never snap. We watch parents of children our age sobbing over their dead sons and missing daughters on the news and then lie in bed wondering how our parents would feel if we were to die by the hands of a shooter. We talk with our friends in hushed tones over the lunch table about what our plan is if somebody were to burst into the cafeteria with a gun. We give the front door of our school a nervous glance every time we walk past.

We are the ones directly in the crossfire of this epidemic, and yet most of us are unable to vote. We don’t have the same freedom to determine the people who run our country as the adults around us do. Students around the country have spoken out about gun control in recent weeks, only to be taunted by the adults who previously complained that we weren’t involved enough in politics. With that in mind, I implore you to think of us the next time you make a decision that impacts our safety.