In November 2015, there was a lock-down at Olympia High School, where I am a sophomore. It happened within weeks of the shooting in Roseburg, Oregon.
I was in the library when I heard the announcement. My teacher led us to a computer lab where my classmates and I huddled under the tables. We turned off the lights and it was silent. I was terrified. My eyes were glued to the door, wondering if someone was going to suddenly break it down and start shooting us.
Thankfully the lock-down that day wasn’t serious. But, I came to a realization. We have to do something. If high school students have to huddle under desks and fear for our lives, then something is very wrong.
We want stricter gun safety laws.
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We want a background check to be done EVERY single time a gun is purchased.
We want people to leave their guns unloaded with a safety lock on them or locked in a safe.
We don’t want children getting their parents’ guns and accidentally shooting themselves or their siblings.
We don’t want teens killing themselves with their parents’ guns.
I urge readers to contact their legislators to express their concerns about gun violence. Together we can make a difference.