On April 20th, 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 students and injured more than 20 at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. At the time this was the deadliest highschool massacre. It sparked huge debates over the safety of schools, gun violence, as well as blaming violent video games. On April 16th, 2007 Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. The aftermath of the shooting consisted of huge settlements, lawsuits, and fines paid by virginia tech until 2014.
Many factors, both internal and external, preventable and unavoidable, contribute to why school shootings occur so often in the United States and why we are forced to record more gun-related deaths than any other country. To prove that the number of mass shootings in recent years is genuinely affecting society, it is necessary to analyze statistics. Between 2013 and 2015, a non-profit organization that advocates for gun control named Everytown for Gun Safety, tracked 254 school shootings in the United States. After research and analyzing the data, the following statistics came to light. It was found that 53% of the 254 shootings occurred in
Before delving into their motivation, the Connecticut tragedy must first be understood. In 2012, a man named Adam Lanza executed two separate attacks in a single period; first, he executed his mother before driving to the elementary school, where he proceeded to use his two firearms to kill twenty-six people. By the time the first responders arrived at the scene, the perpetrator shot himself in the head. During the aftermath, Americans chased his taste in entertainment as his motivation and willingness to commit the crime. In particular, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s mission “No Russian” comes to mind; it involves aligning with known terrorists to conduct a mass shooting inside of a Russian airport.
However, when in the wrong hands, guns can be used to do terrible things like mass shootings. Many people argue that we need more mental health services or that it is a safety issue and therefore we should have more armed security at schools, concerts, large events. However, I argue that in order to prevent a mass shooting from happening we need stricter gun control laws. A very recent mass shooting was the Florida school shooting. A 19-year-old male killed 17 people including 14 students and 3 staffs working at the high school and leaving many people injured.
People who committed suicide seen it as a way to leave the pain that they thinking couldn 't bare it any longer, they gave up too easily. A True Suicide Story Amanda Michelle Todd killed herself at the age of 15 at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flashcards to tell her experience of being blackmailed into exposing her breasts via webcam, and of being bullied and physically assaulted. The video went viral after her death, resulting in international media attention. The video has had more than 200 million views as of June 2016.
Bowling for Columbine is a political documentary that was released in 2002. Directed, Produced, and narrated by Michael Moore, we follow him as he explores the causes to the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 as well as other acts of violence throughout America’s history. The film provides background information on the massacre as well as public opinions on the situation. It goes further in to compare America’s gun violence to other countries such as Canada, and poses reasons for this dramatic increase. This film provides the viewers with a lot of eye opening material on gun violence in America and will make any viewer question the gun laws of our society and how to make further change.
Darlene and Mike were a couple. Darlene passed away as soon as he shot her, and Mike survived the shooting using a .22 gun. On the 7th of September 1969 (Zodiac Killer Biography, biography.com), the Zodiac killed another couple Cecelia and Bryan. But, this time the Zodiac did not shoot them. Instead, he stabbed them repeatedly.
How would you feel if your child waa killed while playing in the park with a toy gun ? November 23, 2014 Tamir Rice another young African American male was killed by the police just like all the others killed by the police. In this case there are many ways to show that the case was unjustified. In the case there is a video on youtube and the internet named " Tamir Rice 's Shooting " showing that the policemen shooting Tamir and handcuffing his sister so she couldn 't get to him. Also shows the police officer ignorimg proper procedure and showing them pull up recklessly and shooting Tamir.
Every day, we see examples of how the US influences the world and it is not surprising. Since they have lots of power, weapons and with that, many resources to intimidate other countries, which is what we know as armed peace. But if they are that powerful, why are they so scared of themselves? 9 out of 10 people own guns in the US, and the rate of deaths by firearms is 31.731 per year. This uncontrolled violence and excessive weapon ownership is the main topic of ’Bowling for Columbine’, a documentary film directed by Michael Moore, a filmmaker, journalist and political activist, raised in a working-class community in Flint, Michigan.
Dave Cullen, had published Columbine ten years after this tragic event had occurred. Two of the students at columbine high school, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, had decided to try and create one of the biggest chaos’s trying to take out over 400 people. This school shooting took place in April of 1999, with 13 dead and around 24 wounded. This event had the country shook, having been one of the most well-known school shootings. In parts one and two of the book, Columbine, written by Dave Cullen, he creates suspense by the way he structures his writing, even though majority of the audience reading is aware of the outcome of this event.