In October 2017, a man barricaded himself in a hotel room with an arsenal of 23 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition and opened fire on the crowd below, killing 58 people and injuring 500 more in this country’s deadliest mass shooting (Yan, Park, & Simon, 2017). The deaths of so many innocent people propelled gun control into a fierce national debate once again. Horrified, Americans watched the parade of victims’ pictures on the news and wondered how this happened. Analysis and debate of gun violence centers around politics. Rarely is there discussion of the impact firearms have on our lives, health, and economy.
School shootings have became a big problem in the United States and something needs to be done to stop them from happening. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida was just a normal high school. It had over 3,000 students 9-12th grade. On the afternoon of February 14, 2018, a shooter pulled the fire alarm and threw smoke bombs before he made his way through the school campus and started shooting as people began running through the smoke. When he pulled the fire alarms, everyone thought there was a fire so they were trying to get out.
In recent years, the American public has been continually plagued by mass shootings; events where an individual, or individuals, with access to firearms, open fire on people, committing seemingly nonsensical acts of violence. Compared to other developed countries the United States holds the highest rates of gun violence and mass shootings, both of which are complex issue that affects American regardless of socioeconomic status. Although the definition of a mass shooting varies depending on the organization, the most widely recognized definition is one used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); as defined by FBI a mass shooting is an incident where at least four persons are killed or injured with a firearm in a random act with little
There have been 18 school shootings across the nation since January 1, 2018, which includes shootings where guns were fired accidentally and no one was injured, according to www.bing.com. This is a major problem because many students, staff, and families are being affected. It is a trend that mental illness is the root cause of the shooter’s actions. This is a small part of the reason; however, I believe there are many other reasons: grandparents are raising children, guns are too accessible, violent video games, social media, news media, and the internet. Mental illness is a true problem with citizens who are not seeking help to treat their mental illness.
Mass shootings are a huge problem in the United States, but for some reason, political figures or government officials tend to handle these situations as if it’s just a regular crime. There have been 97 mass shootings since 1982, which in total have had 806 fatalities due to these mass shootings. Instead of treating, a mass shooting like it is a casual thing and coming up with all types of different excuses to control how people should feel and see the situation they should be working to make stronger and better gun control laws in order to regulate who can get a hold of these weapons. In the article, “Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms,” written by Jonathan M. Metzl and Kenneth T. MacLeish explain the assumptions
Over the course of history most deaths are caused by guns. If guns didn’t exist the planet will be a better place than it is right know. There’s been many mass murders caused by people for selfish reason or because of mental illness. America should have better gun control. Over the years, many of the kills known to history are done by guns.
When it comes to mass shooting, the United States has the most. There are more public mass shootings in the United States than in any other country in the world, according to a study by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Mass shootings are defined for the study as having four or more victims and it doesn’t include gang killings or slayings that involve the death of multiple family members. When used properly, guns can be beneficial to society. However, when in the wrong hands, guns can be used to do terrible things like mass shootings.
Students today live their day-to-day lives in constant fear of what seems inevitable. The United States has one of the highests rates of school shootings in the world. Society has become so desensitized to these shootings that they are no longer shocked to hear about another school falling victim to it. Even when students take a stand against gun violence, the only solution offered to them is a proposition to arm teachers. However, bringing more guns into a school will only further deteriorate the situation.
In the 20th century there were 226 shootings, in the first 18 years of the 21st century there have been 211 shootings. That is double the amount of the previous years and more in nearly ⅘ of the time. That is the exact wrong way to go when you are dealing with this subject. Republicans and Democrats have fought over this issue for years and never have really agreed on the subject, but if the real facts back you up it should not matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican - everyone should agree on this, shootings/school shootings are a serious problem and it needs to be solved. On December 14, 2012 a man named Adam Lanza committed
These two students killed 12 students, one teacher, and injured 21 others. The two gunmen later committed suicide before the police or swat could get to them. The film showed more issues around the country and did not just focus on this school shooting but other shootings throughout the country. Moore deconstructs the Columbine massacre, the Flint, Michigan school shooting, the media coverage, American gun culture, gun regulations, media inspired fear, media putting out the blame, politics, poverty, and several others to achieve a clearer goal of understanding of what happened with these two school shootings. The main objective of this documentary is the search to answer why there is so much gun violence in the United States.