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As a mother of three growing boys, the Parkland shooting shook me to my core. I cannot believe this is still happening in my country. As an American Muslim, I cannot fathom why the shooter had not been recognized as a threat earlier and believe we need a shake up in our leadership. Here is a little piece I wrote and hope to get published.

How many more must lose?

With Wednesday’s tragedy being the 30th mass shooting since 2018, 18 of which were in a school setting…I ask you all, is “America (finally) Great Again”? Trump keeps pushing illegal immigration as a huge issue, but are we really much safer after he deported that PhD Doctor a few weeks ago? And are the “dreamer’s’” businesses and degrees a bigger threat to us than these mass murderers hidden in the fabric of our own society? In fact, Trump plans on cutting student aid for colleges, food stamps for the deserving and so on, just so he can build this wall to keep us safe…but the real danger is not outside, rather it’s within our own country.

The propaganda of Islamic terrorism, as a direct threat to our country, is just a farce. The real demons are here, growing in our own bellies…feeding on the hate and intolerance that this government spits out. It took one “attempted” shoe bombing after which everyone was made to take their shoes off before every flight, for the past several years. What actual steps have been made in the direction of our children’s safety since Sandy Hook?

In the very state of Florida, where we had our most recent bloodshed, there is no permit or license required to buy a gun; in fact, there is no registration required for firearms either! Also, if the criminal was already on the FBI’s radar and people are now confessing of his mental illness, why wasn’t anything done about it sooner? Like as soon as he threatened to shoot everyone in the school for the first time which was a year ago!

In my opinion, inaction is as big a crime as the action! What happened to the great leaders, the ones like Hadrat Umar (ra), the second Caliph of Islam, who couldn’t sleep all night out of worry that someone in his empire might be hungry! The heads of states today perhaps don’t fear a Just God, One who will take account of all their deeds and responsibilities. My reassurance is only in “Who when disaster strikes them, say: To God we belong and to Him shall we return” (Quran 2:156).

Mehrunnisa Akbar



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