Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the upcoming election and the most urgent issues facing the nation.
Considering the United States saw 53 people murdered in mass shootings last month alone, the issue of common sense gun reform soon arose. Harris asked the audience—comprised of college students—whether or not they’ve ever had to undergo an active shooter drill at any point during their education. Virtually every single hand went up.
Nearly every hand went up.
We are traumatizing an entire generation by failing to act on guns. pic.twitter.com/orWnIyRwov
— Ian Sams (@IanSams) September 17, 2019
Harris took in the response, saying:
“Look at that…It terrorizes you. It’s traumatizing. I don’t want any student to have to sit in class and have to worry about who’s going to come banging through the door, carrying some kind of weapon.”
She proceeded to lay out her plan to ease the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States, which includes an immediate ban on assault weapon imports and to call for universal background checks through Executive Order, while pressuring Congress to expand other precautions.
The visual representation of the ubiquity students being educated in a climate of fear was impactful for many.
Kamala’s understanding of life as a college student is heartfelt. Gloomy faces for a moment in time as the hands went up. The reality of trauma and its affects — yet again Kamala brings hope detailing what she will do to stop gun violence madness.
— silverprincess (@marsha_vivinate) September 17, 2019
That was Really sad. Columbine happened as I was about to graduate High school, but I know folks were on edge talking about it and actually looking at students we knew who were loners thinking:
"Is He ok?"
Mass shooting drills shouldn't become routine like a fire drill.
— IllinoisLeftieRicoP (@reesetheone1) September 17, 2019
(1) People are stating that the nuclear drills they did in high school didn't traumatize them. How many times did those drills save a life? The Russians never bombed the U.S. Kids now days witness, in every state, someone bringing a gun to school and killing their classmates.
— Jason Weller (@JasonCWeller) September 17, 2019
We are traumatizing our kids.
My kids just assume it’s only a matter of time until it happens at their school.
I did tornado drills at school.
We are traumatizing our kids.
— LingZhi (@LingZhiTweet) September 17, 2019
Guns are traumatizing these kids.
People who think it's still 18th century are traumatizing these kids.
— John Taylor (@Taylor__Johnny) September 17, 2019
My 11 year old great niece told me she is petrified someone is going to kill her with a gun. I never had those fears as a child. Innocence lost.
— M Robeson (@brooksidemb) September 17, 2019
The House of Representatives passed gun reform legislation in February. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refuses to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote.