Sad for My Friend
Guest column by Ruby Crawford
JANE SANDERS ILLUSTRATION
When my mom picked me up from a sleepover a few Sundays ago, she told me she had some sad news. She told me that my friend Lisa’s dad had been killed. It was sad, but it wasn’t like it was someone in my family. It was sadness for someone else.
Lisa was my first friend that I made at my new school. She was super-nice to me and she still is. I really, really wish this hadn’t have happened to her. I have sent her a card and done everything I can think of, but I know it doesn’t help, and I feel like I have a stone in my stomach that won’t digest.
At first, I had no clue who Lisa’s dad was. I never met him. But then my mom told me that he was a Saints player named Will Smith. I didn’t know he played football, but I know Lisa loved him very much. I am sad for her that he got killed by a gun.
I asked my mom if I could use her column to talk about guns. When they started our country, they said that guns could be used to hunt to get food for your family or protect your family, but not to kill others for no reason. Guns didn’t used to be like this, so they allowed them, but now they have gotten a whole lot worse and they’re made just to kill people. This is America. We like our freedom. But we shouldn’t spend our freedom on killing people. I don’t think we’ll ever agree on this even in 1,000 years, and if we do I’ll be very surprised.
I wanted to do this to spread the word. I didn’t know how to tell people that I felt sad for Lisa or to get my sad feelings out, and writing about it was the only thing I could think of, so my mom agreed to help me and put it here for everyone to see.
There have been lots of great inventions that can be dangerous. Guns are great for hunting and getting food for your family, but they’re horrible because they can kill people. Cars are another great invention to get people other places quickly, but they’re dangerous too and there are a lot of car accidents. They can get hurt or even be killed. If people have cars or guns, they need to be careful. But even people with driver’s licenses can make big mistakes. Guns are something people can have to protect their family, but they also can shoot people, sometimes even when they didn’t mean to. I don’t know what the answer is, but it makes me sad that Lisa’s dad was killed by a gun.
That’s all I have to say for now. Lisa, if you’re reading this, I’m very sorry. I hope you come back to school soon because you’re awesome.
Ruby Crawford is 9 years old and in third grade. She likes science, Netflix and fashion.