Terrible Moment

This blog is not very political. The causes it champions are all related to my personal happiness. However, sometimes, it needs to stretch beyond that.

Early this morning, I turned on the TV and I got to see a powerful sight. A student, Emma Gonzalez from the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland was speaking at a rally.

She was brilliant. She made a fantastic plea; both logical and tinged with emotion. I encourage you to watch her speak.

When she explained how much money the NRA gave to the Trump campaign and how much that equates to the lives lost by gun violence this year (not even two months in) I was shocked. She was right to question how little we value someone’s life.

When she explained about Trump repealing the law that disqualified mentally ill people from owning guns, my skin crawled. I know Trump wanted to have some kind of victory over Obama–but obviously that wasn’t it. People aren’t wrong when they say the blood of those people is on his hands. They aren’t wrong.

I encourage you to repeat her words to every politician you know or have access to. None of them should accept money from the gun lobby. They should hang their heads in shame. Unfortunately this has happened before and soon the message is forgotten. I think you basically you have to use the Trump method against Trump and those who supported him. Stay on the message. Keep repeating it, even if you think they aren’t listening. Every time he says “No collusion.” Say “No guns.” San “No money from the NRA.” Say “No shirking your responsibility.”

I am in a different country, but I want to know what I can do. Is there someone I can write to? Is there someone who listen to a person in a different country? Seriously, please let me know any tiny piece of leverage I have and I will use it. Hopefully so will others.  I so badly want this to be the last time I turn on the TV to hear that someone has gone on a shooting rampage.  I so badly want this the last time I turn on the TV to see the death of children who no longer have the chance to make a better world.

 

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About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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18 Responses to Terrible Moment

  1. rootchopper says:

    Thanks for posting this.

  2. leggypeggy says:

    Here’s hoping America’s young people push for a change that might save their lives.

  3. so you’re a blogger, cyclist and ESL teacher who is pissed about the Florida shooting. we should be in touch, Anthony! I’m 3 of the four of those things. I’ve considered doing ESL in Latin America or Spain so I can perfect my Spanish. regards, A Dude Abikes

    • Anthony says:

      I have never taught in Latin America or Spain, but I have taught lots of students from there. I am thinking of taking a cycling trip in Chile and Argentina; the lake district. However, my fitness is not good enough for the climbs yet.
      As for teaching, you should check out Dave’s ESL Café or TEFL.com. both places could point you in a direction.
      English teaching is a good way into a country, but not the only way. It can be an amazing job, but also a frustrating one….feel free to ask me any questions.
      By the way, your message ended up in my spam folder. Don’t know why, but it could have something to do with having too many links on your message header….not sure, but you should ask WP.

    • Anthony says:

      I have never taught in Latin America or Spain, but I have taught lots of students from there. I am thinking of taking a cycling trip in Chile and Argentina; the lake district. However, my fitness is not good enough for the climbs yet.
      As for teaching, you should check out Dave’s ESL Café or TEFL.com. both places could point you in a direction.
      English teaching is a good way into a country, but not the only way. It can be an amazing job, but also a frustrating one….feel free to ask me any questions.
      By the way, your message ended up in my spam folder. Don’t know why, but it could have something to do with having too many links on your message header….not sure, but you should ask WP.

      • Thanks, interesting. Not sure what message header is and didn’t know I could ask WP anything with a free version. Feel free to gmail me with what’s frustrating, other ways to pay the bills, and if certification is needed and what kind how much? Thanks! If you read other posts I hope you’ll find them to be good. So you’re in Thailand or Vietnam?

      • Anthony says:

        No. I live in Canada, just north of Toronto. I just take cycling trips with Exodus in places like Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia.
        Qualifications depend on the country. These days, you would probably need something. That is why I recommended those sites. They would make it clearer than I can.

      • 👍🚴‍♀️☮️

  4. Joanna Axiak says:

    Hi Anthony. I have read and seen a lot of footage about this tragedy on FB. It’s usually where I get my news first about the US while overseas. Please let me know if I can copy and post your blog on my FB page. I’d like this to reach a wide audience because I too hope to be part of positive change.

  5. bgddyjim says:

    Too ignorant to bother commenting on. Trump just repealed a Law? Impossible. Only a dolt who doesn’t know how the US legal system would suggest such a thing.

  6. Trump’s not at fault. That he and/or the NRA and/or the gun laws are is the great lie that liberals have you believe. If you’re so inclined, the right people to write to are the FBI, Parkland’s sheriff’s office, department of child and family services, the school authorities, among other entities, who completely utterly and absolutely ignored YEARS OF RED FLAGS and/or dropped the ball at every turn. This shooter needed to be institutionalized a very long time ago (in case you don’t know, he exhibited highly disruptive and violent behaviors, including animal abuse, from early elementary school). The FBI is extremely culpable in this case. Good luck letting them know but if you do, you should first really educate yourself about what they DIDN’T do in the past year regarding Cruz. You’ll join the firestorm of others who know what went wrong and it ain’t about Trump of the guns.

    • Anthony says:

      The fact that Trump repealed a law that would have excluded a person you said should have been institutionalized definitely makes him culpable. You criticize people who didn’t see the red flags, but you support taking away a method of seeing that red flag. I don’t believe the vast majority of people should have a gun, but a person with mental issues should not have a gun.
      As for the NRA, do you think repealing this law was Trump’s idea? Apart from desperately needing to destroy something of Obama’s, I am sure the millions of dollars in donations had something to do with this. They lobbied for its repeal.
      What happened to the NRA agreeing that bump stocks shouldn’t be sold? They waited until things died down and no longer advocated this.
      As for the FBI, yes they are culpable, but so are the media for making celebrities of past shooters, and of promoting movies where the “good guys” kill indiscriminately without even a moment’s hesitation.
      As for me, I don’t need liberals to tell me that arming every person with a gun is not a solution, but rather a problem waiting to happen. Guns kill. That is what they were built for. Guns and access to guns are a big problem.
      Yes, in a perfect world where everyone was rational, educated, intelligent, and didn’t take substances which alter their brain chemistry, perhaps (and that is big perhaps) guns wouldn’t kill people–but then they wouldn’t have to.

  7. monkeyfaithkim says:

    I also don’t like getting very political on my blog but it was Emma Gonzalez who inspired me to write a strongly opinionated piece. I’ve watched the video several times and I still get goosebumps as if I’m seeing it for the first time. As for trying to make a change, I would try to contact members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. There are also gun control groups, I heard the NRA is particularly afraid of the Violence Policy Center because they are there to hinder the NRA at every turn. Our actions may seem small now but one day our collective work will lead to something bigger!

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