This Pic was taken on Father’s Day in Germany, which is also known as Männertag, which celebrates manhood (To learn more about it, click here to check it out). It’s a party of about eight people, having a great time on their day off, biking across the Wave located south of Glauchau. We don’t know what they talked about, but with some background music blaring on the wagon, smiles on their faces and a good Alsterwasser in the hand (lemon-beer mix), they talk about school, about girls and about politics. They talk about memories as well as they make them. They laugh together, cry together, show solidarity together as they ride on to a place unknown, what we call the future.
If we even have a future at all.
This photo was taken just days after the worst shooting in ten years, which happened in Uvalde, Texas. An 18-year old stormed an elementary school and shot dead 19 people- two of them teachers- before being gunned down by police who were pursuing him. The husband of one of the teachers died a broken heart at a vigil a day later. Families are devastated as with the rest of the country. We are all angry- angry that we have turned a blind eye for too long. Already 216 shootings have been reported this year alone in the US- far more than the number of days we’ve gone through. It’s time that this hatred and obsession with weapons stop. We must stop the carnage or we may not have a future at all. There are many ways to do so, arming society is not doing so. Banning guns in public and having strict regulations similar to what we have in Europe, Canada and Asia will put an end to this. We are tired of the excuses and of the lies. And if politicians turn a blind eye, there are the elections in November and we Americans have the right to vote for someone who is very serious about banning guns and making dire changes that are beneficial to the American people. It’s time that we Make America Safe Again.
This past weekend, as a way of paying respects to those who died in Uvalde and all the other places where the shootings took place this year, the Chronicles did a one day of silence where nothing is posted, not even our weekly podcast. This happened this past Saturday. We will have our next podcast during the weekend of June 11th. For the rest of the year, you will be seeing a new logo next to our original logo. It will also appear on our sister column The Flensburg Files. Feel free to share this logo wherever you go. As much as we would love to talk about bridges, we need to bring this issue to the very forefront. It is up to you to decide how to make America safe again, as long as we make it clear that we do it and not ignore it.
If we have a future at all, it must be through changes, no matter how painful they are. It’s time to Make America Safe Again.