ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Parkland Shooting: When Is It Time to Actually Do Something?

Updated on February 16, 2018
Christina St-Jean profile image

I am a mom of two awesome children who teach me more than I ever thought possible. I love writing, exercise, movies, and LGBT advocacy.

A Nightmare


What's Going to Change?

When is it going to be time to talk about gun control? Or responsible gun ownership?

What keeps rolling through my mind right now is, "What if the kids in that school in Florida were my kids? What if they were my kids' friends?"

My heart's breaking for those families affected by the awful mass shooting in that Florida high school, and you know what's going to happen?

People are going to keep offering prayers.

Our hearts are going to hurt every time we read about the upcoming spate of funerals for the 17 people killed at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We are going to continue to be angry that this happened, and we should be angry. We should all be furious.

How did a 19-year-old come to acquire a semi-automatic rifle?

How did this young man, whose mother apparently died in November, escape any sort of attention beyond the "disciplinary action" that led to his expulsion from the school?

There is no doubt going to be a litany of theories and reasons offered by investigations in the coming days and weeks as to how the 18th school shooting since 2018 started was able to occur. The scariest thing is that only 45 days have passed since 2018 began.

Could you imagine being a kid going to school in any of the areas impacted by a school shooting? A teacher? Sure, teachers are grown ups, and we can comfort ourselves with the logic that comes with being grown up - "our school has systems in place to continue to ensure our safety" and things like that are probably part of the reassurances that people working in these schools offer themselves in order not to feel absolutely scared when they walk through the doors of their respective schools.

What about the kids, though? It's hard enough being a teenager lately, and the idea of trying to make it to school in an area where you know there was just a terrible event such as the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School would be even worse. I know several kids who would likely give hard and fast arguments as to why they shouldn't be attending schools in the neighborhood at least for the next several days if they lived nearby.

Thankfully, I won't have to try and muster arguments to get my own kids to school today. All I really have to worry about is trying to get them at least out of bed and about the business of making themselves breakfast before I head out the door to work myself. I don't have to worry about their lives being irretrievably altered by such a terrible event - and I pray to God I never will.

I almost don't want to see the multiple monologues from talk show hosts today and tonight because these will break my heart all over again. They will no doubt range from the solemn (and it should be) to the enraged (again, probably should be) but what's heartbreaking about all of it is not a damn thing will change.

The NRA is a huge and powerful lobby that has a lot of sway in almost any government - Democratic or Republican. Even though people of every stripe are coming forward and effectively screaming at their politicians to actually try and do something about how frequently mass shootings occur in the United States, nothing will happen.

Why bite the hand that feeds?

That being said, I also understand that in reality, the "blame" - and we are most definitely looking for someone or something to blame in this and any case of loss of life involving a gun - can't fall in the laps of the gun lobby exclusively. It can't. While some will argue that sometimes, people just aren't wired right - because who in their right mind would just tear up a school and destroy lives as wantonly as happens in a mass shooting? - there's also the question of what else has gone on in this person's life so that they turn to something as awful as this?

We don't know what has happened in this person's life that they chose to access a firearm and end 17 lives so horrifically. While something definitely needs to be done so that semi-automatic rifles aren't as easily accessed as they seem to be down in the United States, and done fast, we also have to ask what else, if anything, could have been done to prevent this 19-year-old suspect from taking this course of action.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)