Earlier last week, one of the survivors of the shooting stood up in a meeting regarding the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. The name of the boy was Cameron Kasky. He spoke to Sen. Rubio in front of the audience and asked him, “in the name of 17 people, you can’t ask the NRA to keep their money away from your campaign?” The moment that Rubio attempted to explain himself, the audience expressed their disagreement.
Moreover, the young boy uttered clever and keen remarks during the senator’s statements. He interrupted Rubio while he was speaking; he was barely allowed to finish without the boy interrupting him. This is a small glimpse of how the next generation looks like. Although Kasky (and the students at the school) is hurt and in pain, he approached Rubio the wrong way. He disrespected him in several occasions, and said unnecessary comments (he mentioned that he doesn’t know how the NRA lady can look at her kids in the eye).
The audience booed Rubio and chanted things as they were in a pep rally or a football game. The journalist interviewing them had to calm down the crowd so that Rubio can finish speaking. But the crowd didn’t want to hear anything that he had to say. The students weren’t taking “no” as an answer. They wanted to be heard but they didn’t want to listen, first.
First and foremost, Kasky is nowhere near the age of Senator Rubio. He has no idea the tough decisions that Rubio has to make as a senator. I am not endorsing Rubio; I chose not to take a stance in regards to the boy’s question. However, the approach of Kasky bothered me, because I remember growing up, my parents always taught me to respect my elders, regardless of their imperfections. It’s a shame that there are news organizations that are supporting this and using this as an attack on politics. This will never be a way that we solve conflicts. We must be able to hear and listen one another out, and be willing to compromise and come up with a solution that affects both parties.
In addition, the NRA, the National Rifle Association (although they fight for gun rights), wasn’t the cause for the shooting. It just so happened (unfortunately) that a rifle got into the hands of a person that had a mental illness. Yes, rifles are weapons for wars, but I think this was more of an emotional response in regards to the pain and suffering they are enduring. In a situation like this, as hard and painful as it is, it is better to debate when people aren’t in pain. The problem is that the students are still hurt and want the world to know that they are afraid and worried. It is better to allow time to heal wounds so that we can think of a wiser and more effective approach to the situation.
I cringed as I watched this, because I would never dare to respect people that are older than I am. They have more wisdom than I do, regardless of their imperfections. I can imagine that if he does that with politicians, he probably does that with his parents, as well.
Finally, the issue (little by little) is getting resolved, anyways. Background checks are being implements. The age for a person to purchase a gun is at 21, different from the age of 18 at the beginning of the year. Whether we like it or not, or even if we agree with it or not, the president and his administration are taking steps to prevent the issue from happening. Truth be told that the previous administration made no attempts to respond to these issues. On the other hand, President Trump had a listening session with these students to hear them out and voice their opinions. I believe, just like the students in that round table said, that we are heading into the right direction, and that the government is hearing the hearts of these children. We must be patient. Ultimately, we must put our entire hope and trust in Jesus, because government cannot solve all of our problems. Only Jesus can. We must trust in God and in His word that America will continue to look great again.