School Shootings and Gun Control: Why We Need to Change Throughout the years, mass school shootings have become a more prevalent issue in America. But why are they occurring more often? To discover the perpetrator’s main goals and why these murders are becoming more common, it is first necessary to look at why schools are targeted. Schools are often made targets because they are largely populated institutions full of innocent children, teachers, and coaches. The shooter wants to inflict harm and pain to not only the victims, but parents, friends, family, and the nation as a whole.
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.
On the left, they argue that some teachers are “crazy” and there shouldn’t be guns put into their hands, there is also a chance that a student may steal the weapon and go on a rampage. The right looks at it from a criminal’s point of view, if a shooter has to pick between 2 schools to shoot up; one with carrying teachers, and one without any guns, which would they pick? In an article published my Matthew Lynch, he stated that over 80 percent of the prisoners in America are high-school dropouts. There is a major correlation between education and success in this country. Guns were probably used in many of these crimes that resulted in the shooter being put into prison.
As said by Steven H. Gunn, a member of the board of directors of the GVP in Salt Lake City, “But a gun in school is far more likely to lead to the harm of an innocent individual than to the protection of innocent people…. A teacher could begin returning fire to a person who is attacking the school and in the process, kill children.”, Teachers having guns can cause more people to get hurt than would have if they didn't have a gun. With all the people running around, what's to say that the teacher will be able to pick out the person that is doing the shooting, and if they pick wrong, it will just be shooting a innocent person and causing harm to a family and they will also have to go to court and many other legal things. It's just not worth
I believe that the Gun Control Laws should be stricter here around the United States because almost everyday something bad is happening by the use of a gun. Whether its accidental or on purpose something has to be done to make sure guns are being used the way they are suppose to be used. Opening I would like to say that there should be stricter rules when dealing with guns. I’m tired of having to turn on the television and seeing a innocent life taken away by a gun purchased by a teen. For example, the school shootings have been very hard to watch and look at.
If your child was attending school then your opinions will change real quick. You would be asking the school “Why wasn’t my child more protected?” Schools need to be more prepared for things like this, even if it does cost lots of money. I will not have my life be at risk because we don’t have stronger security, anything can happen. Government is supposed to protect, this is an area that needs immediate attention. How does the killing spree of killing 28 elementary kids get your attention and make you want to open your eyes and think about other kids attending school in the United States.
Tovanna Holton, a high schooler, was cyber bullied. One night, the bullying became too much for her and she shot herself with her mother’s handgun, which was concealed in her purse (The Daily Beast 1). Handguns are a problem in today’s society. Other guns are acceptable because they can be used for hunting and to protect yourself, but handguns are an issue because they can be easily concealed and obtained. The United States should ban the private ownership of handguns because they can be used to commit suicide, can be easily concealed, and can be easily stolen.
The Harm of Global Arms Trade There were 464,033 total gun deaths between 1999 and 2013, almost 40% of them being homicides and 58.2% of them being suicides, and it’s only gotten worse since then. Many people believe that the arms trade is unneeded and too dangerous for what it’s worth, while arms trade supporters believe there are valid reasons to allow this idiotically dangerous trade to continue. The fact of the matter is, Global arms trade is getting too dangerous and gun control laws aren’t cutting it, it needs to stop. By trading guns and other arms globally are risking guns getting lost in the process and getting into the wrong hands. People are putting way too much time and money into it than what it’s worth.
Out of all these scary incidents that have been happening, there has been unfair punishment happening also. Just like with all things, parts of it will be unfair. Schools need to work on this even more than most. For example, at Unionville-Sebewaing Area High School there was a gun threat made against the school by a student. The students who were in there 2nd period classes were forced to stay in their classrooms and could not leave.
Gun Control: an Argument Dating Back to Before 1776 The debate of gun control dates back 100s of years,and many people want to ban guns so that no one can have them. That statement is complete ignorance to what really goes on. The debate has many different viewpoints with some being as radical as banning guns to create a false sense of Utopia. The recent rise of school shootings has set off a spark of gun control debates that make little sense. What if the school shooter was met by a principal at the door who happened to be carrying a 9mm handgun under his suit where 99.9% of students did not even know it was there?