Today we headed to Dodge City, Kansas, home of the heartland. Dodge City is well known for being a wild frontier of the Old West. Before getting on the road we had a discussion lead by Kiki about the environment. We were debating whether or not global warming is natural or caused by humans. After our heated discussion, we headed to Montana Mike’s Steakhouse for lunch on the way to Kansas. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Kansas is the movie The Wizard Of Oz.
Speaking of movies, on the bus ride we got to watch the documentary, Bowling For Columbine. Bowling For Columbine is a documentary directed by Michael Moore about violence and guns in America. The film also focused on the Columbine High School massacre that took place on April 20, 1999. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who were two seniors at the school, murdered 12 students and 1 teacher and critically injured many other students. There were also 99 explosive devices found throughout the school. The reason Eric and Dylan were never put on trial was because directly after the shooting they killed themselves. Even 14 years after the incident, there are still no distinguished motives for their actions. However, it is said that they wanted to do something as big as the Oklahoma City bombing. The massacre incited a huge debate about gun control. Watching Bowling for Columbine prepared us for our gun control meeting in Colorado on Tuesday.
During the movie we took a quick 15 minute Walmart run to get snacks and other necessities. Everyone was hyped up after the Walmart run from all the candy we bought.
After the documentary was over we stopped in the middle of nowhere where we were able to take pictures and run around. What I thought was just the middle of nowhere used to be a part of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.
Once we got to the hotel we all had bonding time over swimming and dinner. After dinner we headed to the place everyone was looking forward to the whole day…Dairy Queen. Dairy Queen was a sweet way to end the day! Afterwards we had a discussion about gay marriage. We had a very productive discussion in order to prepare us for our meeting with Jim Pfaff who is against gay marriage. Today was the most relaxed day we have had so far, which is really weird because are days are normally so packed!