In A Letter Home, 1,000 Ohio National Guardsmen are pointing innocent college students at gunpoint, and this is the outbreak. “By now you know the end of it all from the news. Four Kent State students died, and nine students were wounded” (6). These are two of the many similarities found in this story, but there are also many differences as
On a cold night of March 5, 1770 in Boston, Massachusetts, nine British soldiers fired shots into a crowd of one hundred Bostonians. Five were fatally injured or killed in the shooting, and some of the people killed were not even in the mob. This caused major corruption amongst the town, across the state, even across what was then America. Captain Preston, who ordered all to fire, was found innocent and two soldiers were convicted of manslaughter. This was named as the Boston Massacre, which had a lot to do with how America is today.
On February 14, 2018, America was struck with another merciless school shooting. A 19 year-old Nikolas Cruz gunned down his former (was expelled at the time of shooting) high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. There were 17 victims that will forever be in the hearts of their fellow classmates. Nikolas later after the shooting blended into the crowd, and then went to a subway and ordered a drink. Now right in that very moment, there is definitely something wrong with the security system in the high school.
For example, the most recently alarming mass shooting occurred only a month ago in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student waltzed into one of the school buildings with an AR-15, pulled a fire alarm, and aimed his weapon at fleeing students, faculty, and staff, killing 17, and wounding 17 other victims, and has been broadcast across every platform almost nonstop. While this heartbreaking tragedy deserves all of the media attention it’s been receiving, there have been approximately 14 additional mass shootings, where 14 people have been killed, and almost 50 have been injured, with very little to no coverage in the news. Mainstream media absolutely shapes our perceptions of people and events, and by influencing public opinion, the media also directly influences our political atmosphere gun laws. Almost three
It was a hot August day in Austin, Texas, when Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the clock tower to discover his fate. He randomly shot people from the top of the clock tower. The University of Texas Shooting was a major event in American history because it was the first public mass murder, 42 people were shot, and it had a large impact on society. Charles Whitman’s life before the shooting was a rollercoaster. The Whitman family was not your average family (Bankston, 2007).
After the assassination of JFK the secret service changed many policies, such as; all presidents must ride in enclosed cars, presidents may no longer walk along the routes to shake hands, congress allowed Mrs. Kennedy and her children 2 more years of protection after leaving the White House and then in 1965 congress voted for lifetime protection, and the secret service has grown from 513 in 1963 to over 6500 today. If you ask anyone who was alive in 1963 where they were when JFK was shot, they can probably tell you. The nation mourned-Democrats and Republicans. Newsman, Walter Cronkite broke the news on television.
Soon after, as a form of rebellion, Jones told his people to gather around and commit what he called a “Revolutionary Act”(Moore 5). To clarify, later the next day,” Jim Jones, age forty-seven, was found dead from a single bullet wound to the head, most likely self-inflicted”(Jonestown 2). Jim Jones committed suicide after also leading nine-hundred plus people into the same dead end including Congressman Ryan, displaying beatings, and suicide drills. Out of fear of the consequences of his actions Jim Jones was held responsible for the mass murder and suicide his followers at The People’s Temple in Jonestown,Guyana on November 18,
Then, merely 8 days after this bloody tragedy, Johnson gave the speech “We Shall Overcome” to ask Congress for the legislation of Voting Rights Act and states that every man should have the right to vote no matter what race he/she is. Furthermore, he pointed out that the civil rights problems was challenging the entire country, not
May Thirtieth Movement I shall start off with a small summary of what constituted to the May Thirtieth Movement and thus the May Thirtieth Incident. On May 30 more than 2000 students took to the streets in reaction to various events, such as the killing of Ku Cheng-hung in Shanghai on May 15 by Japanese textile mill-owners and the killings of 8 workers by the reactionary government in Tsingtao on May 28. As the students rallied more people for their anti-imperialist cause it all came to a climax in front of the British police headquarters, where the police opened fire upon the crowd, killing and wounding many, which subsequently became known as the May Thirtieth Incident. This incited only more strikes and riots, and on June 1 a state of martial law was initiated in Shanghai. Discontent soon spread across the rest of China, bringing even more strikes, boycotts and riots aimed towards foreigners and imperialism.
INTRODUCTION “How could they do it, how could they?” “I don 't know, but they did it. They 've done it before and they did it tonight and they 'll do it again, and when they do it - seems that only children weep.” HARPER LEE, To Kill A Mockingbird.
Guns need to be controlled. From the mass shooting in Newton, Connecticut that killed twenty-seven people, twenty of whom were faultless children at Sandy Hook Elementary, to nine people gunned down during Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, guns have proven to be an extreme political problem. In 2011, former Arizona congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords became a victim of gun violence, along with eighteen other guiltless people. She was shot at point blank range in the head while campaigning outside of a Safeway franchise in suburban Tucson, Arizona. Lucky enough to have a second chance at life, Giffords found the motivation to tackle the law of purchasing and owning a gun.
Ted Cruz at RJC Forum: “Our Enemies Are at War With Us” Beginning his remarks with a moment of silence for the 14 people murdered Wednesday in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Senator Ted Cruz said he worries that last night attack is the markings of radical Islamic terrorism. “All of us are deeply concerned that this is yet another manifestation of terrorism, radical Islamic terrorism here at home” GOP presidential candidate said at a cattle call meeting at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, D.C. Cruz was the first out of all fourteen candidates for president to speak at Thursday RJC forum where he blasted President Obama for refusing to acknowledge radical Islamic terrorism. “When the President says the Islamic State isn’t Islamic, that is just nutty,” Cruz said.
Holding Police Accountable for their Killings of Unarmed People of Color Fruitvale Bart Station is where I begin and end my day. The infamous platform in Oakland, California where bart police murdered Oscar Grant, a fully restrained unarmed African American who was celebrating New Year 's Day with his friends and girlfriend. Johannes Mehserle, the police officer involved in the shooting was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Thus, having to spend the minimum two years in prison but being he had time served he only would only spend seven months in jail with possible bail. Murder?
The morning of December 14, 2012 would not be a typical one of the inhabitants of Newtown, a small tight-knit town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. At approximately 9:30 AM, shortly after the beginning of the school day, Adam Lanza, a deranged, violent man, armed with a rifle, two hand guns, a shotgun, and a plethora of extra ammunition, forcefully entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and commenced a shooting rampage that would eventually take the lives of twenty innocent first graders, along with six faculty members who heroically sacrificed their lives protecting their students. This heart wrenching tragedy sent a Shockwave throughout America, as people were struggling to determine what they could do to prevent something so horrific from