“Overall, I would just call him socially awkward, I don’t know, shy and quiet. Didn’t really look you in the eye,” said one of the Lanza’s family neighbors (Vogel). In the United States through 2013 and 2015, on average, there were two school shootings a month. Sandy Hook Elementary school was one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history, (Ray). On December 14, 2012 forty police cruisers darted toward Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut after a tragic mass shooting (Vogel).
It may seem at times that laws are being made behind the backs of others, however, those who want to be involved and look for answers will find them. On the other hand, some believe that there is a choice when it comes to owning a gun, and many prefer owing one as opposed to not having one at all. Nonetheless it's these same people who believe that gun violence is an issue and should be taken care of. Seven out of ten people surveyed in various communities believed that gun violence is increasing at such a rate that more massacres are to occur. If even those who owns guns are beginning to fear for their lives, its time a few changes are made.
I wish you the very best. I am writing to you to talk about the issue of gun control in the U.S. today, it is a serious issue that I know you are working hard to fix. My purpose in writing this letter to you is to tell you how I feel about the issue, and maybe give you some help in figuring out this terrible situation we are in the U.S. Gun control in the U.S. is possibly the most deadly situation today in our amazing country. Guns are everywhere nowadays, and there is at least one in every household, but that is not the scariest part. You can buy guns at department stores and auctions legally, but most people that use guns to kill people buy them illegally, and tons of people in the U.S. sell guns illegally.
On April 20, 1999, two teens named Eric Harris (18), and Dylan Klebold (17), went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They ended up killing 13 people and wounding over 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing
Gun Control: Assault Weapons Should be Banned in America In the past decade there have been many mass shootings which sparked a nationwide debate on the ban on assault weapons. Assault weapons are Semiautomatic weapons that are usually used in the military due to their advanced features. The difference between a Semiautomatic weapon and a regular pistol is that semiautomatic guns reload automatically and can fire consistently (Assault Weapons). Majority of Americans argue that Assault Weapons should be banned nationwide because of the amount of mass shootings caused by Assault weapons.
He killed two students and wounded a third before shooting his algebra teacher in the back. Three years later, April of 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold launched their infamous attack on Columbine High, Colorado, the slaughtering had continued. Threw the thirty-two killed and seventeen wounded by Seung- Hui Cho in Virginia Tech in 2007. What Gladwell has believed that “school shootings mostly involve young white men”, they were scattered instances of gunmen or bombers that has attacked schools in the years before Barry Loukaitis but had been lower profile.
In 2013 an armed man went into a school and shot twenty-six little kids at Sandy-Oak Elementary. Not all of them died but many injured. Another time… A twelve year old boy, living in Mexico went to school one day. The boy pulled a shotgun out of his music instrument case and shot two students injuring them.
When the criminal is finally arrested, there a dozens of people who have been killed, injured, or fatally injured. All because of one man with a gun. Do you really want your life to be at risk because there is no law banning assault weapons? Do you want to walk down the hallway in fear of someone coming at you with a gun? According to an article from the Washington Post, written by Christopher Ingraham, the president/founder of a public opinions research, the ban on assault weapons lapsed, or expired, in 2004.
California was the first state to ban “assault weapons” after a school shooting in Stockton. A federal ban went into 1994 and since then, eight states have “assault weapons”. However, these laws have had very little significance. This is because these firearms are just ordinary rifles, it is almost impossible for legislators to effectively regulate them without putting a ban on half of the handguns in the country and many hunting rifles. Instead, lawmakers have focused on the cosmetic aspect of the firearm.
In 1994 the government placed a ban on 19 firearms that were categorized as assault weapons. This banned had the intention to reduce shootings and it did. Many people agreed to these this ban. Statistics show that “77% of the American people and 66% gun owners want to put a ban on Assault weapons (Alters). So the ban didn’t really argue on some people’s views.
On April 20, 1999, two disturbed teenage boys Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris began a killing rampage at Columbine High School in the suburban town of Littleton, Colorado. This was considered one of the worst school shootings to occur at that time. In the morning of April 20, before noon, the two juveniles had killed 13 people to include 12 students and 1 teacher; they also wounded another 23 people before turning the guns on themselves. This event would change the theories as to why school shootings would occur. (History)
He gunned down 20 children and 6 Adults. Adam Lanza had various mental health issues at this time. In Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1st, 2017 Stephen Paddock massacred 58 people and wounding 851 people from his Mandalay Bay Resort Suite. He shot 1100 bullets from the 32nd floor by the end of the shooting. These are some of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history and have changed how people view guns, mental health,
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.
In May 21st, 1998, Springfield, Oregon was struck with the news of a school shooting at Thurston High School. 15 year old, Kip Kinkel, first killed his parents at home before driving to school where he fatally shot two students, and wounded 22 others. Littleton, Colorado, on April 20th, 1999, was once the most fatal attack on a school. 18 year old, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold, 17, planned out their attack for a year, to kill at least 500 peers, and detonate the school. The shooting killed 12 students, one teacher, and wounded 21 others before committing suicide.