Black Girl, Grad School

an amalgamation of personal politics, and my life as a Ph.D. candidate

Posts tagged “florida

Why Guns in Schools to Prevent Mass Shootings Does Not Work

Posted on 2018-02-25

Only in the U.S. could one propose more guns in schools to curb mass shootings. I wish that I was kidding, but I’m not. Early last week, I wrote a post about the Parkland shooting which occurred on Valentine’s day in Florida. After the massacre, 17 students and adults were left dead. In spite of their deaths, two days later, Florida legislatures tried to sneakily relax gun laws in the state by hiding it in an agricultural bill. Thankfully, that bill was put on hold once major Florida news outlets picked the story up. I ended my post early last week stating: What matters are those who died when they did not have to. What matters is recognizing the hurt and pain students (survivors),…

NRA + GOP: Thoughts & Prayers Do Not Stop Gun Massacres in the U.S.

Posted on 2018-02-19

On Valentine’s Day 2018, Nikolas Cruz walked in to his old high school in Parkland, Florida and massacred 17 students, teachers, and adults. As with many cases of mass shootings in the U.S., many people were quick to send their “thoughts and prayers.” Republicans and their supported decried “politicizing” the issue—or in other words, bringing up gun reform and control in light of the 18th mass shooting in the U.S. for the year. Unsurprisingly, most politicians in South Florida are beholden to the National Rifle Association (NRA), receiving large sums of money from the association. Needless to say, despite the massacre hitting home, most South Florida representatives were in the “not politicizing” camp. However, let me be very clear: the South Florida shooting did…