I recently saw pictures of the ‘March For Our Lives’ protest over in Washington DC, with various celebrities including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Vic Mensa and Jaden Smith, in attendance. The march organised by students in collaboration with other non-profit organisations was calling for a much needed, long overdue change in gun laws in the US following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
We also recently saw the Women’s March last month protesting for respect for women, which quite frankly is rather disappointing that we are still having to fight for such a basic right in this day and age. With all these marches taking place across the world and with the millions of people uniting for a common cause, we must stop and ask ourselves, can anyone hear us? Are our marches working or are we wearing out our soles to no avail?
Sometimes as humans, we cannot help but feel like our efforts may be in vain when we are forced to keep working and fighting for something over and over again with little or no results. The issue of gun control is not new on the agenda and the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is not the first of a few either. So clearly the people who are responsible for making the laws are aware of the issue and they are aware of our antagonism and yet the response so far is, it is complicated to change the laws. Surely, they must realise this too affects them. I appreciate there are procedures to be followed when amending laws and yes it often does take time, but how much longer must we wait and how many more lives must be lost? Would a key law maker losing a loved one perhaps expedite a change? After all, we know unless something directly affects you, there is no real incentive to work on it.