The new main stream thing: mass shootings!

As many of you are aware of, there was another movie theater shooting last night in Lafayette, Louisiana. Another white male, standing up and shooting among his peers. It’s fine, it’s just another one, life goes on right? See, that’s the issue right there. These mass shootings have been occurring much more often in the past decade and each time, there seems to be excuses made to back up each one.

“He used to be such a good kid, he just got off track somehow.”
“He was just crazy, simple as that, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
“Something must have angered him.”
“He had a tough childhood…”
“Maybe if everyone had a gun on them…”

Hold on.

Maybe if everyone had a gun on them? Let’s talk about that for a moment. Bring your thoughts back to Sandy Hook – where the victims were young elementary school children. There is absolutely no way they would have a gun on them; I am going to assume that would be considered common sense. So okay, maybe all the teachers and administration should be armed. That way we can teach young children to fear everyone around them and show that the world is truly an unsafe place… sounds like a great idea!

It is so depressing and honestly, a little pathetic that these shootings continue to happen in our country without any consequences. How many more people have to die in order for a gun control law to be put in place? How much longer should people have to live in fear of dying when they go out at night? Or when they go to class? Or just by walking out of their house?

It’s time for us to stop protecting the criminal. It’s time for the excuses to stop – there should be no insanity plea in these types of cases. This is pure evil, pure hatred, and deserves a true punishment. Our country needs to step up and protect its people.

Young women like Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson could still be with us today. Now is the time for our country to weep with their families, pray for them, and then work to fix the issue that has caused their deaths. We shouldn’t have to wait for another shooting like this one. For those families, life doesn’t just go on – it stops dead in its tracks.

There is a lot of support on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, but the thing is, a hashtag isn’t going to change anything. If you want a law to be made, start with your local government, talk to a representative or a congressman, do everything you can – because you can create change.

The time has come to end this long trend of fear.

Rest in peace Lafayette victims.

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Stop Telling Me I’m 16

I am 16 years old, 17 in 9 days. I am a senior in high school. I go to football games and dances. I also have aspirations. Dreams of traveling around the world to small cities and interviewing native people, and then collecting all my interviews and putting them into a book. I have dreams of starting a nonprofit with someone who has as much passion for people as I do. I want to come home every night to an amazing guy that will be obsessed with the same Netflix series as I am and will stay in and drink wine with me while we laugh the night away.

I also have opinions. I think that money is a horrible, wretched thing. I think that the fact that we will kill for a piece of paper shows how immature our world can be. I believe that all people are good at heart. I believe that no one deserves to be put down or shunned because of the amount of pigment in their skin or who they decide to fall asleep with at night. No one deserves to be put down at all, because no matter what we are all made up of organs and muscle and bones and that will never change.

I am 16 but that does not mean anything about my voice. I can speak my mind and it will mean something. I can share my thoughts and people will listen. My voice can carry across oceans and over mountains. Every syllable has a significance that is desperate to be understood. My words have life and they are radiant.

I have 16 years worth of experiences. I have seen 6 different countries, seen the smiles and heard the laughter of many different cultures. I have read books that have made me cry for hours. I have heard speeches that made me want to change the world. I have dealt with divorces, new family members, remarriages, my father’s in and out girlfriends, therapists, psychiatrists, a dad living in a distant country, and so much more.

I do not need someone to tell me my age. I am aware of how long I have spent on this earth. I need people to understand that the number of those years do not affect the value of my words. I have enough knowledge to form my own opinions and I am fully able to share them.

I am not in Congress but I believe that our country needs to focus on more on education. I am not on the school board but I believe that our schools should stop forcing math and science classes on children and encourage creative writing and the arts. I am not a soldier but I believe killing is not the answer.

I am me. I am a 16 year old girl. I am me and I have value.

My Original Take On “Expectations of a Teenage Girl”

Hey guys! Well, I guess guys and girls to be correct… anyways…

Thank you for excusing my brief moment of inactivity! Today’s post is kind of generic… and sort of overdone… but I thought I’d put my own original spin on the topic “Expectations of a Teenage Girl.”

Now, we all know the obvious, people expect girls to be “ladylike”, which includes being polite, sympathetic, caring, intelligent…. and wait for it… submissive? Now, I don’t mean to offend the feminist movement in any way, but when did being submissive become part of the classic “ladylike” personality?

Think about it, this is 2014. Women aren’t quiet anymore. Why do people expect girls to be submissive and do whatever a guy says, but also expect them to be part of the feminist movement and stand up for themselves? The funny thing about it is, the “people” that expect this are usually girls. It’s so unbelievably contradicting!

The “good girlfriend” stereotype, created by girls, (also extremely opposed by girls), involves cooking your boyfriend meals, surprising him with little gifts, hooking up with him just to cheer him up (hold on – sex is not supposed to be that one sided… It is not a gift…), allowing him to do whatever he wants, basically putting yourself on a shelf so he can pick and choose when he pays attention to you.

WHY DID GIRLS MAKE THIS A STEREOTYPE FOR OTHER GIRLS?!?! WHY DID WE BRING THIS EXPECTATION TO LIFE?!?!

Of all the guys I know, including my own boyfriend, I have never ever heard them say that they don’t like opinionated girls. Never have I heard “I had a rough day, and she could tell, but she didn’t even come close to coming on to me! What is her problem man?”

So, this “expectations of girls” thing going around, is only still a thing because of girls. So I’m going to end my part in it with this post. I’m done. I’m going to be my own self, I’m not going to expect anything from other girls because what does it matter? Their life isn’t mine.

These stereotypes are something that we’ll never be able to escape from. There will always be a stereotype for what’s sexy, what’s nerdy, what’s slutty, what’s preppy. Our minds can’t help but create them. So let’s stop hating the fact that stereotypes exist, and instead make them positive.

I like being “ladylike.” I like being “nerdy.” I like being the stereotypes I fit into because I’ve made them positive. I’m nerdy – and because of that I’m well-read, a good student, scholarship worthy, and I can pull off glasses. I’m “ladylike” – and because of that I love cute dresses, am obsessed with new hairstyles, am a genuinely nice person, and am picked to lead charity work. There are perks to every stereotype, to every expectation. You just have to find them.