By now, plenty of people are tired of hearing about the Florida school shooting. Thing is, the families affected by it don’t get to simply move on. They can’t just switch the TV channel to Dance Moms. They can’t stuff themselves with cupcakes until they forget the sadness. Getting over it isn’t an option. So, many of them have decided to be vocal instead. We’ve seen everything from kids pushing gun control to Chelsea Handler’s ugly, hate-fueled outbursts.
Before you get lost in the noise, be sure to check out the statements made by Andrew Pollack, the father of a Parkland victim. It may just be one of the most important speeches from the White House today.
His entire speech is moving, but here’s a few highlights:
It is not difficult. We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies. The Department of Education that I walked in today that has a security guard in the elevator. How do you think that makes me feel? In the elevator they got a security guard. I’m very angry that this happened, because it keeps happening.
9/11 happened once, and they fixed everything. How many schools, how many children have to get shot?
And if we all work together and come up with the right idea — school safety. It is not about gun laws. That is another fight, another battle. Let’s fix the schools and then you guys can battle it out whatever you want. But we need our children safe.
Andrew Pollack is a stark contrast from the blubbering celebrities clamoring for the spotlight over kids’ graves. The main difference being; he was personally robbed of a child due to someone else’s massive failure. The failure of the killer’s parents, the failure of the FBI, the failure of the school to have effective safety policies in place. So he’s calling for change. You can’t expect a father, a man of action, to respond any differently.
This is the voice that should be plastered all over the media. Not the hot takes of Oprah, Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, or whatever celebrity gas bag is getting their daily dose of attention via politicizing someone else’s tragedy.
When it comes to these tragedies, it’s natural to tune out both sides of the outrage. Let’s not numb ourselves to the victims’ voices, even those who we disagree with. Instead, let’s take the time to listen with compassion and discernment. It’s not easy to remain empathetic and make the changes needed, all while holding true to our country’s principles.
But if any nation can do it, it’s America.