The UCLA Shooting: When will the Violence End?

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This morning—at 10 in the morning, Pacific time—reports came into the LAPD about gunfire being heard in Boelter Hall at UCLA, a gun free campus.

Students who had been spending their last week of the quarter preparing and studying for finals the coming week, hid in fear of a potential mass shooting on their campus.

Two hours later, the campus was deemed safe and the lock-down on campus was lifted. Police reported that the shooting was an isolated incident, with two men killed in a small office in the engineering department. At this point, police are under the impression that the incident was a murder-suicide, a small contained incident.

The incident may have been small, but at what cost?

It seems as if we hear about mass shootings all the time in the United States. It has become a regular occurrence, more normal than abnormal.

In May alone, there were over 25 shootings reported in America. In 2015, there were over 355. It’s both sad and frustrating that this type of violence is allowed to occur in this country.

The worst part of it all—it’s not even shocking that they keep occurring.

Elizabeth Warren said: “We lose eight children and teenagers to gun violence every day. If a mysterious virus suddenly started killing eight of our children every day, America would mobilize teams of doctors and public health officials. We would move heaven and earth until we found a way to protect our children. But not with gun violence.”

The question at hand is, how many more shootings will it take before the American government takes a stance to end the gun violence in this country? Because clearly, up until this point, doing nothing has done nothing to stop gun violence.

It has become increasingly apparent that our government is not protecting the rights of many—rather, they are protecting the rights of few. It is up to us, the general population, to rise up and take a stance on this issue. By demanding for change from our politicians we can create a safer and more peaceful country for us all to live in.

It’s up to us to create the society we want to live in. Do we want one where violence is the new norm, or one where violence is a rarity among us?

America is supposed to be the land of the brave and the free, but how free are we if we cannot take a stance to stop gun violence around us?

We are all connected, and we need to start acting like it. We must embrace love and compassion for our fellow human beings, not the other way around.

It’s time to put the guns down.

It’s time to stop this violence.

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Author: Alex McGinness

Editor: Yoli Ramazzina

Photo: Flickr/Chris Radcliff

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Alex McGinness

Alex McGinness is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, writer, reiki user and activist. She is a college graduate with a bachelors of science in human biology. Alex is on a mission to change herself for the better, so that in turn she can go out and change the world. Alex uses her love of writing to explore topics that normally wouldn’t come to the forefront of other’s minds. She uses her unique perspective to stimulate conversation and ultimately shift people’s perspectives. Alex flows through life as carefree and full of joy as she can. She deeply resonates with the yogic prayer, “Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu,” which means “May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way toward the happiness and freedom for all.” She really believes that if we all work together, we can change the world for the better. But in the midst of this quest, she still enjoys quiet mornings cuddled in bed with a warm cup of coffee and her two sweet kittens at her side. If you’d like to follow her on her adventures, check her out on Instagram or on her website.

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