Columbine High School Massacre

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Although the attack was almost twenty years ago, the Columbine High School shooting forever changed American schools. To this day, educators, parents, and American communities search for a compromise between school safety and America’s right to bear arms. Multiple regulations and laws have been set in place to make obtaining weapons more difficult, but people are still finding ways around the system. Since the incident at Columbine High School, school shootings have become a common occurrence and little to nothing has been done to resolve the issue of gun violence in America. It’s time to take action before another innocent life is taken too early. The Columbine High school massacre was the fifth and by far most deadly school shooting that…show more content…
“Both shotguns had had their barrels cut down, meaning that they had been sawed off. Sawed off shotguns are prohibited weapons in Colorado” (Mackay 60). “Sawing off a shotgun allows the buckshot to disperse across a wider area and do more damage.” (Mackay 60). They had purchased some of the most violent weapons and still felt that they needed to make them even more dangerous. These violent weapons would eventually be used to kill thirteen people and it all could have easily been prevented. If there were stricter gun laws, a seventeen and an eighteen-year-old would not have been able to legally purchase these destructive weapons. “Defenders of the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, faced controversy when many survivors and victims’ families called for stricter gun-control laws, blaming loose gun regulations for allowing Klebold and Harris to get their weapons easily” (Mackay…show more content…
“Columbine led voters to approve popular referenda requiring all firearm buyers at guns shows to undergo a background check” (Cook 48). Robyn Anderson, a friend who helped purchase three of the four guns for Klebold and Harris, said in a statement that she would not have gone through with the transaction “had she been asked to submit to a background check” (Berlatsky 66). Only two people served time in prison once this horrific incident was said and done, Philip Duran and Mark Manes. “Robyn Anderson never was charged or arrested because she purchased the guns legally and from legal guns sellers” (Mackay 64). If there had been stricter measures taken such as a background check, there may have been the possibility that Klebold and Harris might not have attained these guns, therefore not causing as much destruction as they did. Klebold and Harris did not serve time in prison because they ended their lives the day of the shooting in the library. They planned this shooting with the intent of not coming out
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