Lately, it seems all we’re surrounded by are issues concerning diversity, feminism, and politics. As a society, we’ve given all our attention to the “#MeToo” and “Times Up” movements, but we seem to have bypassed a major issue that dates back to the fundamental principles this nation was founded on, the right to bear arms.
Although, should everyone have the right to bear arms? Some are in disagreement with this statement, namely a majority of celebrities who attended last Sunday’s Academy Awards.
The underlying theme of this year’s Oscars focused on advocating for better gun control by allowing celebrities to wear orange American flag pins created by Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that supports stronger gun control reform. Once again, the call for action comes after 17 students and faculty members were recently killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Everytown for Gun Safety told Fox News, “These orange pins and ribbons are worn in honor of the 96 Americans who are killed every day by gun violence and the hundreds more who are wounded — and to demand action.” This movement has gained widespread support, with high-profile celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney donating money to the March for Our Lives campaign, a student-led gun control rally that will take place across the nation on March 24th.
Clearly, this battle is far from over. It’s only just now beginning.