One time is one time too many.
In the past week alone, I’ve rushed to tweet from #NAMB’s Twitter account about how our hearts are with the victims and all those affected by terror attacks – the first of which took place in London on Westminster Bridge and the second in Cincinnati at a nightclub.
But those weren’t the only ones in recent months.
Early in the morning on New Year’s Day, as we were still waking up following our New Year’s Eve activities, nightclub goers in Istanbul were the victims of a mass shooting. Not even a week later on January 5, the Fort Lauderdale airport was forced to enter lockdown status thanks to a shooting that killed five and wounded eight.
Millennials, we’re not even four months into 2017. And as much as I’d like to, I cannot even blame President Trump’s potential legislation and general attitude for this one, as two of these shootings occurred before he even took office on January 20, and two took place overseas.
I hate to be the wet blanket here and spend an entire post discussing shootings — but the unfortunate reality is that they need to be discussed if we want to affect change.
How many of you are sick and tired of checking your news app in the morning — or even Twitter — with a knot in your stomach, afraid that “something else” happened while you were sleeping? I know I am. I know that when I see the name of a city trending on Twitter, I rush to check why it’s there. How sad is it that I’m now conditioned to “make sure” it’s not there because there “may have been” a shooting or a terror attack…
The other sad truth is that these shootings are becoming so commonplace that the victims and their families are not getting the attention and the reverence that they deserve. Now, don’t get me wrong — sometimes, I find that all news outlets (no matter which side they are politically skewed towards) overdo it on the breaking news coverage to the point of disrespect to said victims and their families.
But… to wake up on New Year’s Day to scroll through Twitter and find the majority of my feed was focused on Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve snaffoo was extremely disheartening. I’m not saying that it’s not tweet-worthy and that there isn’t a place for entertainment news (I mean, we have a whole section dedicated to entertainment); but, there was little to no outrage over the events that had occurred in Istanbul.
So, what is it? Do we just not care anymore? Do we want to live in an alternate reality and choose not to deal with what is actually in front of us? Or have such attacks become so frequent that we don’t even notice?
Whatever it is… and whether it’s Istanbul, London, Florida or Ohio, we need to continue to take note. While I am an advocate of self-care and turning off the news when there’s only bad news to watch, it’s important to strike a balance and understand the relevance of staying informed. As sickening as it is that there were two of these headline shootings that took place in less than a week’s time, we can’t ignore them, even if it hurts us not to. Because one shooting is one shooting too many.
Millennials, as I always say, we are the generation of change. If you truly want to live in a world where you can ignore the news, work for it. Demand peace — in any matter that you deem fit for yourself. Even a small effort toward change is an effort. You never know how that could make a difference.
Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.