Gun Violence and Mental Health: Teachers and Staff Should Not Carry Guns in Schools When people started shooting students and staff at schools nobody knew what to do, but they knew that a change needed to be made. With all of the tragedies that keep happening in school campuses there is a debate on what that changes should be. Some say that teachers and staff should have guns in school premises to protect students from an intruder and prevent another horrible incident like the Columbine, Sandy Hook, and many others. Others say that teachers packing heat is a bad idea and that we should be looking at mental health a little closer.
Background and Significance Even though there are recent tragedies that happened in the country that resulted on many fatal injuries due to gun violence, gun laws are basically remains unchanged. One of recent gun law that was passed was The Brady Handgun Violence Act that was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 that allowed a waiting period for criminal background check that dealers must perform before selling a handgun. However, an amendment was added to this bill which replaced the waiting period with National Instant Criminal Background Check System by licenses (Vizzard, 2015). The following year, The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act became law.
Running head: GUN VIOLENCE GUN VIOLENCE What Changes Should Be Made Cassius A. Kurns Jr Mr. Redmond Leo High School A way that we can decrease gun violence is have a stricter sale on firearms. Loopholes now exist in the background check system that make it possible for people with criminal records or mental health issues to procure guns. For instance, a gun purchased over the Internet or from a private individual at a gun show is not subject to a background check because neither instance involves licensed gun sellers.
The use of and the owning of guns is a very hot and debated topic in society today. For many, this is a life and death debate due to the recent and numerous school shootings. These school shootings have caused an outcry for more gun control, specifically in relation to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Despite these calls, increased gun control is not the answer. Most gun owners’ use their guns responsibly and for good purposes.
Today’s world is marked by violence and deaths. One of the major kinds of violence is the gun violence. In fact, the gun violence is literally any gun related violence or death. According to the 2013 report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of gun related deaths were equal to 33169 or 1.3% of all deaths in the country. This gun violence issue affects the population by the number of deaths but also on many other levels of life. In fact, this issue is broad and has different faces depending on which angle you look at it. This paper will analyze the different faces of the issue, those who are mostly affected by gun violence, the areas with the most numbers of gun related violence as well as the periods that were mostly
Every time a mass shooting occurs Republican politicians make a number of excuses, but the one excuse that is ubiquitous around the Republican world is that the problem is mental illness and not the abundance of guns. If one were to make this excuse, they should probably not pass a law that gives mentally ill people more access to these weapons. (Waldman) III. All that gun control will do to this nation is make the citizens defenseless and weak.
Many Americans blame loose gun laws as this problem, saying that it 's too easy to get your hands on a gun in today 's world. However, imposing stricter gun laws would only slow down the issue, not completely stop it. In more detail, it would be a fruitless attempt to solve rising violence in America. Mental health is at the root of this rising violence. Instead of focusing on imposing gun laws, America needs to focus on improving mental health in order to stop the rising violence.
In today’s society, one of the most alienating issues in American politics is gun control. More specifically, the issue is whether or not guns should be banned in the United States. Some people would say that guns should be banned because it would reduce crime as a whole and keep citizens safer. These people, enthusiasts of stricter gun laws, fear being safe in their country where there are so many people who have access to guns. Opponents of this argument, however, also fear losing safety.
Passing gun control legislation that creates a universal background check and gun database system as well as passing mental health legislation that improves the health care system’s protocols and policies for assisting people with mental health disorders and that enacts counseling programs in communities and schools will decrease the likelihood of mass shootings in schools. The United States is bitterly divided. Issues of great concern, such as the rise of mass shootings, are partisanized. Both sides of the debate will not comprise or listen to what their opponents have to say. Groups from both sides can only agree that one innocent life taken from gun violence is one too many.
Gun violence in America has been alarmingly increasing since the 90s and has continued throughout the years. Although guns may save lives, evidence shows that most guns in America are stolen from other thieves and misused. Due to lack of gun control found in nearly fifty percent of the states, guns are mostly misused for other reasons. Since 2012, there have been gun sales spiking across the U.S. Every year, America’s minimum increase in gun sales is five percent. The American government should raise gun laws to reduce gun violence, which leads to death. Opponents might say gun ownership will decrease their chances of getting injured and be kept for self-defense reasons, but evidence shows an increasing number in the misuse of guns for injury.
Many different views are taken when it comes to gun control and mass shootings. Some believe that the only cause is the guns themselves. Others believe that it is gun control laws, yet "by a more than 2-to-1 margin, more people say mass shootings reflect problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems rather than inadequate gun control laws (63 percent to 23 percent)" (Craighill and Clement 2). Regardless, many people
Moreover, the first source that will be synthesized in this essay includes the article titled "Gun Control" which comes from the Gale online database, highlights several events that has taken place in the United States that raised the question of controlling guns. Some examples of such events can be found around the first line of this introductory paragraph. The second that will be synthesized into this essay is an article in a Tseh 2 scholarly journal titled, "Making Guns Safer" by Stephen P. Teret et al. The focus of thus source is about how personalizing weapons can effectively prevent gun-related accidents, injuries, and reduce the likelihood of teenage suicides in both children adults. Lastly, the last source that will be synthesize into essay is another article from the same database as the first source and second sources titled, "Is Gun Control the Answer to Mass Shootings?"
However, a new question rises- should the mentally ill and emotionally disturbed be allowed to have guns? Or should teachers be armed? The emotionally and mentally ill are incapable to be trusted with a weapon that can be capable of taking the life of another, and teachers should not be armed because they lack the judgement to shoot a student and training. As the topic of gun control surfaces the news and media, the gun
Attention Getter: Between 1993 and 2003 gun ownership increased by 56 percent, and yet gun violence declined by almost 50 percent (Bandler). Criminals know that if people have guns to protect themselves then they might not be successful in a shooting.
In a nation of pioneers and settlers, where we capitalize upon a bear wielding a firearm to represent “our right to bear arms” there has come to be quite a bit of bloodshed because of that right. Fear has been interwoven into the school system, a kind of fear that even the greatest school safety measures cannot prevent. Such instances being the Columbine, Newtown, and the more recent Parkland school shooting. It cannot be controlled who does the killing, but what can be isolated is the weapon those chose as their aid in the slaughtering. So many lives are lost in these devastations a step towards preventing more from being lost is increasing gun control. Without increased gun control anyone can play the role of God and chose to end the lives