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Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time

Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time

Sayre Savage No Comment

Last night was the Fourth of July.

I can’t even begin to describe how I felt about the celebration. Walking out of the little restaurant by the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge in Lewiston, I was in complete awe of the number of people that had gathered. Hundreds and hundreds of them filled the streets, all there to watch as vibrant color exploded across the sky.

I’ll be honest and say that I don’t know how we gained our independence. I am not familiar with the story of what went down that historical day in 1776. But last night, that didn’t matter. It wasn’t about the details of how it happened; it was about where we are now and how far we’ve come. Standing there beside my dad, I couldn’t help but smile at the thought of how amazing it was. All of these people, from all walks of life, were in one place to celebrate this wondrous holiday. The only word that described how I felt, when I think back, is “full”. I was full of joy, and I was full of amazement and warmth. I’d never felt more proud to be an American.

Unfortunately, that feeling couldn’t last forever. I had to wake up this morning and return to reality, to the world where mass casualties are becoming a normal occurrence. The other day when I read about the suicide bombings in Turkey, I wasn’t surprised. The fact that I wasn’t surprised is what scared me the most. Every week, there seems to be another mass tragedy, another hashtag promoting its users to pray for whoever was affected. Every day, another argument is started about what to do with our gun laws. I personally don’t know how I feel about the Second Amendment, but I do know that something needs to change. It doesn’t necessarily  have to be our right to bear arms, but we have to do something to stop mass calamities from becoming a common event. I don’t want the news to be flooded with death all of the time. I don’t want to keep changing my profile picture to show my support for the victims of the latest massacre. I don’t want to live in a world where I’m afraid to go to the airport, a sport’s stadium, or even to a club.

I was reading an article about the Orlando mass shooting a while back. Someone had said that if any one of those club goers had brought some sort of firearm, that the night would have ended differently. In my opinion, you shouldn’t have to worry about bringing a gun for protection when going out for a good time. You’re going to a club with loud music and lots of dancing; you shouldn’t have to worry about not making it home or never seeing your loved ones again. But this is the world we live in. There are people out there who will threaten your life. There are people who don’t always have the best intentions. However, this doesn’t mean that you live in a bubble for the rest of your days. You cannot give up. There are a million ways to die, but that’s why you find a billion reasons to live.

All of these tragedies only give us more reason to appreciate the good, to fill the moments of your life with happiness. It’s moments like last night, as I stared up at the sky, that I forget about everything wrong with the world. The only thing on my mind was how beautiful life can be, as beautiful as the fireworks that danced across the stars.

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