When a human life is taken, so often, we hear the words “I feared for my life” or “I was protecting myself” as the reasoning for it to be okay. It is as if to say that the life of the person in front of the gun is less than the life of the person behind it. Fear is a scary thing. It is more powerful than we like to admit, but at the end of the day, fear is a weapon. One that needs to be put down. We are all created by the same god, universe or whatever higher power it is that you believe in and the idea that we can see each other as anything less than equal is beyond appalling. I would like to ask anyone that is still holding onto that fear to put down your weapon and open your mind. Open your heart. Learn and educate yourself, stop guessing.
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Qaeeza Ramji is a 16 years old student at Reynolds Secondary School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is an aspiring writer, poet and fashion designer. A proud Ismaili Muslim, she spends her Saturdays teaching religious education. Despite her quiet personality, she is passionate about using her voice to bring about positive change.