SMH America…

Today we woke up to the biggest mass shooting that this country has seen, however, it is not even close to the first one, or first one this year, or even first one this week. 50 people are dead and 53 are injured. My question is why? When will we learn?

Over 200 years ago this country was born on the principle of freedom, which unfortunately includes the right to bear arms. Well, to everyone who has a gun in their house, under their bed, locked in a safe, or in their night stand “just in case”, good for you. However, the right to bear arms was written in a time when guns weren’t automatic and it would be (as it should be) rather difficult to kill and injure of 100 people at a night club. What did these people do to this man who made him want to kill them? Yesterday morning we woke to the news that a 22-year-old singer was killed after a concert. What could she have possibly done to provoke someone who much to warrant shooting her? I believe the answer is nothing.

The world has changed since 1776. We have the internet, cars, and automatic rifles. Now, I don’t know much about guns because I find them absolutely terrifying. I understand that people need them to feel protected, but what do you need to be protected from? Other guns? Then who wins, the person who shoots first?

The evidence shows in countries all over the world, there’s a  mass shooting, so they have gun control. That is logic. I unfortunately know that we will never have as strict of gun control policies as I would like in this country. The older I get and the more I see the direction that the land of the free and the home of the brave is going, I want to leave more and more. Can we do something to prevent guns from being sold to mentally unstable people? Apparently not. The NRA pays congress members to vote against laws that would protect the average citizen from guns.

There’s a lot of things I don’t feel safe about in this world, however, none of those things would ever lead me to purchase a gun. There is nothing in me that could take a life away from someone. To be perfectly blunt, American politicians need to open their eyes, stop taking bribes, and get their shit together. People are dying from ignorance, hatred, and simply being stubborn. Sure, take your right to bear arms and please buy a musket from 1776, I would be much more comfortable with that.

Write to your senators and representatives. This country needs a change, people aren’t supposed to die like this.


Late Night Blogging with Mary: Part 16

late night blogging with mary

I hate the number 16 so this post is just giving me the chills.

So I guess I went a little MIA for a little bit there. I got a pretty bad cold and was in bed by 10 almost every night this week after taking my time on assignments and such blogging just fell at the wayside. Since my last blog post, I’ve been to Paris! My dad was there for work so I went along for the weekend. It was a lot of fun, but my cold started right before so by the time I got back to Ireland, I hardly had a voice.

Okay here’s a little political rant I have right now, I’m so pissed off about all of the shootings going on back in the States. Currently I’m living in a country where the police don’t even have guns, and since I’ve been here there have been no gun crimes that I have heard of being reported, however, there have been at least three shootings at colleges in the same time period. It just makes me angry, I feel like no one is taking action and it drives me crazy. I get that Americans have the right to bear arms, but please someone make it harder to get guns, I shouldn’t be able to go into Walmart and buy a gun. It’s a sick world, let’s try to make it better.

Anyway, on a lighter note, I went shopping today! I’ve been trying not to shop while I’ve been here because I would rather spend  money on travel and things like that, but I just felt like it today, and I actually got two sweaters. The one I’m sure will be in pictures from probably both this weekend and next weekend. Sunday to Monday I’m going to Galway, since it’s a bank holiday weekend so we have no classes, then next weekend I’m going to London, and then I have a week off and I have bunch of stuff planned. Life is about to get crazy and my time here is about to go by in the blink of an eye. I think that’s exciting and scary. While part of me never wants to leave this adventure, another part of me really, really misses everyone at home.  That’s my thing, I never get homesick, I never miss my bed or my house (maybe my shower with how weird these ones are) but I just really miss the people. And IHOP.

So yeah, that’s what you’ve missed. Hopefully I can get back to my schedule now, that’s the goal at least!