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The day I lost my brother to gun violence

What the world needs now....
The day I lost my brother to gun violence
March for Our Lives demonstration, protesting gun violence, in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018.
Photographer: Rob Crandall/Shutterstock

OPINION, Grades 10–12, 1st Place

It’s been two years since I’ve lost my brother to gun violence.

What the world needs now is less gun violence. The world needs less gun violence because there are people dying at young ages, there are people going to jail for long periods of time, there are too many funerals going on and too much sadness and the emptiness it brings in our lives.

Gun violence leaves a big hole in our heart when we see our loved one lying on the ground crying, trying to breathe. It’s not a pretty thing to see, hear or go through.

When I lost my brother it was a Saturday morning when I found out. I remember that because I was just waking up and there were so many things running through my head like “no, this can’t be true” and “I just saw him the other day.” There were so many mixed emotions going on in my head.

The last time I talked to him, he came over a week before he died for a cookout and he and I were making fun of each other, joking around. Before he left he gave me a tight hug and told me that he loved me and he would see me later.

But “later” never came — until the day of his funeral.

It's just so sad that we could lose a family member over gun violence. Gun violence isn’t funny, cute or a joke, and it’s definitely not anything to play with or take lightly. There are people dying out there and too many are blind by it. They really shouldn’t be acting like they don’t see our loved ones out there dying, begging for another chance.

We need to put the guns down because would you want to wake up one morning or one night finding out someone real close to you had died because of gun violence?

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