Faris Nunn in her short life has already experienced two shootings and that explains gun violence in America more than anything.
Trigger warning: This story contains themes of gun violence that some readers may find disturbing
The video of an 8-year-old girl saying she "expects" mass shootings to happen has once again thrown the spotlight on gun violence in America. Faris Nunn, 8, has already experienced two shootings in her short lifetime and sees them as the natural order of things in the US. She was present at the Washington Nationals baseball game at Nationals Stadium in Washington D.C. when a shooting happened outside the stadium causing people to panic inside the stadium. Three people were injured in the shooting outside the stadium and the shots were audible inside the stadium causing panic. The video was posted on Twitter with the caption: "This is America."
Eight-year-old Faris Nunn after shooting outside Nationals Park: “It was my second shooting. So I was kind of prepared ... I always am expecting something to happen.”— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) July 19, 2021
This is America.pic.twitter.com/CfaFUGrIIx
People on Twitter were horrified at the video, with many adding that it shouldn't be this way. No children should ever grow up with the fear of getting shot but Faris' video just showed how much kids as young as eight need to process. "I just saw people looking that way, and I didn't know what was going on until I heard someone say, 'Get down,' so I just started going under the seats," explained Nunn in the video, reported Newsweek.
The phone of every member of Congress should be ringing off the hook, non-stop, until we get gun law reform. How have we allowed ourselves to be a society where we watch something like this & then just have to go on with our days, burying the gutted feeling we have?— Serenity Now! (@Cpo10za) July 19, 2021
When she was asked by a woman how she was feeling, in the wake of the shooting, Nunn responded, "It was my second shooting, so I was kind of prepared, because I always am expecting something to happen." The 8-year-old said this as she bit her left fingernails. Not to mention American children are usually made to undergo active-shooter drills to prepare them for when it happens. A student told CNN that they had undergone 70 shooter drills by the time they had graduated.
The gun obsession in America is crazy, still waiting on these promised good guys with guns.— mark sharratt (@themarksharratt) July 19, 2021
The public don't need assault rifles and other military grade weapons
The shooting outside Nationals Stadium was her second such experience. Her mother, Lora Nunn, said that her daughter, Faris, was present at a toddler playgroup on the morning of November 6, 2020, when a man was shot to death outside of a Northeast D.C. recreation center. At the baseball game, she was sat at the third baseline along with her parents and her younger brother during the Saturday night game, reported WUSA. It was concerning for Faris' mother that her daughter was coming to accept this is as normal. "We just tried to reassure her that this is not normal, that nobody's targeting her, that it's just a really stressful time right now with the pandemic," said Lora Nunn. She added that there were a lot of kids at the Nationals' Saturday night game against the San Diego Padres. "At least the people around us were relatively calm and just checking on the kids," Lora Nunn said.
"I just want to assure the public that at no time during this incident were individuals inside the stadium attending the game in any kind of danger," said Ashan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police for the local Metropolitan Police Department. Fans also hailed three San Diego Padres players — Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and Wil Myers — who opened the gates and allowed fans to hide in the dugout until the situation was under control and deemed safe by the authorities.
I live with reality of gun violence every day. My life mission is to fight so this does not become your reality. That is why I started the #DadsForGunSafety movement.— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 19, 2021
That said, this video broke me. Dads, STEP UP!!! DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU. pic.twitter.com/7CKCTmZ97x
Gun violence is so bad in the United States; a child or teen was killed with a gun every 2 hours and 36 minutes in America in 2019. Gun violence was the leading cause of death for all children and teens ages 1-19 in 2018, surpassing motor vehicle accidents for the first time in history. President Joe Biden has called gun violence in the U.S. “an epidemic” and “an international embarrassment.” The President added that he wants to implement better gun laws. “While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, we know there are some things that work. And the first of those that work is stemming the flow of firearms,” said Biden, reported VOA News.
Funny i live in what US Americans call a 3rd world country in America as well and yet I never had to undergo an active shooter drill, actually they don’t exist here. Funny how that works.— Rivet (@NBikcin) July 19, 2021
Horse shit. If a child in a supposed 1st world nation has to have experience rivaling a combat veteran by middle school because we place an inanimate object over human safety and rights...we have lost our way.— Jason Free (@freebyrdjay) July 19, 2021
THIS is really messed up…any person that’s reasonable should agree this child shouldn’t be this calm when talking about an experience such as this.— A Concerned Citizen of the US of A (@thoang1971) July 19, 2021
Getting back to normal after a pandemic should not include a return to fearing for our safety in stadiums, stores, in schools, in the streets.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 18, 2021
The Second Amendment is not a suicide pact. Lawmakers have the power to stop gun violence.
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This is so sad. Our children expect it to happen. Disgusting.— sylviacb (@SYLSBC) July 19, 2021