Barging through the door, a 20-year old man enters Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Source G) Running through the empty halls, he is suddenly confronted by staff. The young man shoots two adults and without a second glance, runs to a classroom full of six and seven year old kids. Ignoring the colorful paintings on the walls, and without looking into the eyes of the terrified children, he kills the teacher, and then proceeds to shoot 14 children. He moves on to another classroom, killing 6 more children, as well as another teacher and their aids. This rampage, that brutally resulted in the deaths of 20 young children and 6 adults lasted 11 minutes, and ended with the killer taking his own life. Imagine what the families of these people had to go through. Imagine …show more content…
In 2007, a total of 3,042 kids and teens died because of guns, and another 17,523 were injured!(Source B) [logos] [exclamation] Just think about all the young lives that were lost and how many families were broken. Many people were hindered by these bullets, and even if they weren’t, the tragic event stays within them forever. And just imagine this amount of death in your own community: if you add together all the students that attend the Los Altos School District, this includes all seven elementary schools as well as Egan and Blach, and the students from Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School, that is just half of the kids who were injured from bullet wounds in one year. Take the students at Los Altos and Mountain View High Schools alone, that is slightly more than how many people were killed in the same year. [pathos] This amount of deaths is absolutely horrifying, and something needs to be done to prevent the murders of these innocent lives. Guns should never be abused the way they are today, and the death toll cannot continue to
This resulted in an increase by 183% of shootings and by 239% of deaths by guns. Obviously, this is a problem, that both puts people’s lives at risk and makes some live in fear. First, the number of shootings is completely intolerable. Many innocent people die due to gun shootings.
‘’Guns are responsible for over thirty-three thousand deaths in the United States annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).. In 2014, the CDC reported that 11,008 of the 15,872 homicides committed in the United States that year involved a firearm. Of the 42,826 suicides reported that year, 21,386 involved a firearm. These statistics have inspired efforts at the federal and state levels to enact gun control legislation to reduce crime and violence’’(‘’Gun Control’’). According to the statistic guns are held for over 33,000 deaths in the United States.
Now as a country we face a near epidemic of mass public shootings at a place that is supposed to be safe for children. After Sandy Hook, the issue became more urgent and the country took charge. New policies, security rises, and lockdown procedures are what saves kids now nearly 4 years since the Sandy Hook mass shooting. In the wake of a tragedy, the country rose to make everyday a safer one. Debates about gun control are still being argued in the White House, and once a changed is made perhaps the numbers of those lost due to gun violence will go down including those lives of children.
A twenty year old man named Adam Lanza murdered his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home. The weapon he used was a .223 calibre rifle. After murdering his mother, he commuted five minutes to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed twenty seven others, including himself (Ray). Principal Dawn Hochsprung, the vice principal, and the school psychologist Mary Sherlach were in a meeting with a parent discussing their seven year old (Vogel). The
Evidence shows they were planning for a year to bomb the school in an attack similar to the Oklahoma City bombing (Columbine Shooting, 2018). "Harris was described as the callously brutal mastermind, while Klebold was a quivering depressive who journaled obsessively about love and attended the Columbine prom three days before opening fire" (Columbine Shooting, 2018). Police have been trained more thoroughly for school shooting now that they are happening more often. They are putting the police through real scenario situations of an active-shooter. After this school shooting occurred many schools promoted a zero-tolerance policy for disruptive behavior and threats of violence from students.
Gun Control and Mass Shootings in America Gun violence is an unquestionable issue in America, with the United States ranking as one of the worst with both homicides and suicides using guns. That being said, we outnumber Mexico in gun related deaths and among first-world countries we rank far above others in the number of gun deaths, such as England and Australia. Consequently, we live in one of the only first world countries that does not have extensive gun laws and restrictions to gun access. Aside from the countless homicides and suicides by firearm in this country, one particular issue within this predicament is mass shootings, with the most recent mass shooting occurring on February 14th, 2018 at a high school in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed. Although, it may seem like an easy fix to just implement gun control laws into our society to eliminate gun violence, but it is important to note that Americans own nearly half of all firearms globally, which is roughly 325 million guns;
A teacher’s son, clad in black and carrying two 9mm pistols rampaged through a Connecticut elementary school, killing 20 small children and six adults, a tragedy President Obama said had “broken the hearts of America” (Williams).” Many people believe that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was planned because of the odd demeanor of the parents or victim, Emilie Parker, the medical personnel who were turned away from the scene, why care flight helicopters were never requested, and questions concerning the validity of the medical examiner. This tragic event was not at all planned because all of these questions can be reasonably answered. One of the reasons people question the tragedy of the Sandy Hook massacre is because of the strange
The events that happened at Columbine High School were tragic. The columbine shooting would go down as the worst school shooting in American history. Thirteen people dead, twenty-four more people injured, on the dreadful afternoon of Tuesday, April 20, 1999 (Cullen, 2010). Parents in the time period never thought that anything like the shooting that happened at Columbine
As a day passed, roughly ninety six American lives are lost due gun violence, and for every one person killed with guns, two others are injured. Nearly sixty percent of all gun deaths are from suicide. In the United States alone, there were about three hundred and fifty mass shootings in 2015, killing about 450 people and wounding 1,870 people. The United States alone spends over one trillion dollars per year defending itself from terrorism, but not even this cannot be stopped. To progress their anti-person agenda, the NRA solicits money to government officials and corrupts the government with faulty statistics and false news.
Many schools in today’s society suffer from shootings at some point while children are attending school. Shootings in schools are not a new occurrence, and America has dealt with multiple shootings in public schools in which the lives of many children and teachers have been undeservingly taken (Elliott 528). Because of school shootings, this leaves our children in danger with no way to protect themselves. Gun violence in schools is an evident problem, and there are several ways to reduce the number of incidents, such as mental health screening for owners of guns, interconnectedness of communities, and more school funding.
Ever since the inception of this country 240 years ago, guns have been an integral part of the American identity; a sense of lawlessness, individualism, personal autonomy and freedom. They were the tools that liberated us, and gave us independence over a tyrannical, unrepresentative empire. However, in more recent years, these tools have been used more and more frequently in mass shootings, some of which are occurring at schools, targeting teachers and children. Since the infamous shooting at Columbine High School 19 years ago, we have had several shootings at schools, and we tend to get “thoughts and prayers”, a gesture with good intentions, but little actual progress made. This problem can be contributed to the increasing power of guns, and a lack of mental health coverage, gun
Gun Control Lately people have been using guns in a negative way and causing a bad effect on the world. People have been using guns inapropriatly and have been performing mass killings. If guns are being used by people then the people using them should know how to use them correctly, or not being a crazy lunatic. When I was 12 I was playing with a pistol and accidentally shot it, I wasn’t hurt and no one else was hurt but somebody could have been injured badly. Gun laws are the cause to a lot of the violent crimes in the united states and laws need to be changed so people can’t purchase guns as easily that way we aren’t in as much trouble.
How many innocent children have to be brutally murdered before it is enough? This has been an uprising topic in today’s society since school shootings are so prevalent. From Kentucky, to Oregon, to Colorado, to Florida, the safety of our nation 's schools have been shattered by gunfire. The ones who have committed such horrible crimes have done these actions for many different reasons, at different times, and at different schools. Yet, they do have at least one thing in common.
In 1999, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, walked into Columbine High School with shotguns, automatic weapons, and homemade pipe bombs, and killed 13 people, as well as, wounding 20 others, before killing themselves. Close to13 years after the massacre at Columbine, on December 14, 2012, another major school shooting took place in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This time, 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into the elementary school and murdered 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10, as well as, 6 adult faculty members, before killing himself. He used a semi-automatic, AR-15 as well.
A school shooting was committed by fourteen year old student, Barry Dale Loukaitis. The incident occurred in his Algebra Class. He opened fire with three types of weapons killing two students, one teacher and critically injuring one student. He also held his class hostage for 10 minutes.