Weapons have always distinguished mankind from animals. Animals use their resources and instincts for survival, while a man relies on weapons to bring about destruction. Guns give man the sense of power and control over nature, however, they are no empowerment, longer used for hunting, but instead are involved in cases of domestic violence, mass shootings and at blame for the loss of lives of innocent children.
Around 80 million americans own about 223 million guns. Therefore Assault Rifles should not be banned from american citizens. Banning assault rifles would interfere with the second amendment of the United States of America. Within the second amendment, it states citizens have the “Right to bear arms.” “It is a constitutional right to bear arms.” (Bitto 2). Changing a constitutional right would be a slap to the face of the founders of this great nation. Many other authors feel the same. “The second amendment states that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms.” (Bitto 20). Some authors feel a sense of pride in having guns a part of our country. “Without guns we would not be the free country we are today.” (Juliano 21). Not only do citizens
Aaron Hernandez was a tight end for the New England Patriots (“Aaron Hernandez,” 2017). He went to college at the University of Florida, but did not complete his degree in order to join the pro league. In August of 2012, he signed a 5 year extension contract with the team. However, about two years later Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, as well as other weapon related charges. A guilty verdict in April of 2015 for the murder landed Hernandez with a life sentence without parole. Hernandez also faced several unrelated charges along the same time frame, including a double homicide (though he was found not guilty for these charges). Hernandez was found dead on April 19th, 2017, hung from apparent suicide in his cell.
On April 20, 1999, the unimaginable occurred at Columbine High School in the small town of Littleton, Colorado. A school shooting, carried out by, then senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold took the entire community by storm. With 15 deaths, including the perpetrators, and 24 non-fatal injuries, the memories of this horrific massacre will forever resonate in the minds of all. With a meticulously thought out plan, the two shooters prepared guns and bombs in order to perform the sickening act. Families, the FBI, local officials, psychologists, and more spent a multitude of time trying to figure out the reasoning as to what motivated the two boys to kill and cause so much pain to others. In attempts of clearly depicting the entire rundown
The law review article I chose was written by a Law Professor regarding police claims on self-defense. The author talks about Zimmerman’s murder trial and how the judge refused to allow prosecution to argue that the neighborhood watch volunteer racially profiled Martin. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder for shooting a 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin. The state of Florida filed an affidavit of probable cause stating that Zimmerman profiled and confronted Martin and shot him to death when Martin didn’t commit any crimes. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense. The trial judge refused to instruct the jury that aggressors lose their right to self-defense unless they meet certain conditions.
In the forensic investigation, there were 6 pieces of forensic finding used in Timothy McVeigh trial. The first set of the finding was the earplugs that he wore to silent the noise of the explosive. Meanwhile, there was a trace of residue found in his jean pockets along with two t-shirts and a knife with the sheath. Therefore, due to the positive mixture founded on McVeigh, the prosecutor believe that McVeigh was involved in making a bomb from a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil. It was believed after, Timothy McVeigh also participated in placing the barrel of bomb ingredients in the back of the rental Ryder truck. Therefore, the prosecutor was certainty that the mixture of explosive was placed during the morning hour in front of the
In September of 1961, a woman from District of Columbia had an intruder break into her apartment. While the invader of the home was there, they had taken her wallet, and also raped the woman. During the investigation of the crime, the police had found some latent fingerprints in the apartment. The police then established and processed the prints. The prints were then connected back to 16 year old Morris A. Kent. The prints the connected back to when Kent was first entering the system back in 1959 for his earlier crimes. Kent at this time had already been on probation due to crimes committed two years prior to this case. Morris Kent at the age of 14, had first come into contact with breaking the law when he was placed on probation for breaking
The aftermath of a school shooting is tragic, depressing, and causes hatred for the lives lost and the person who took them. Everyone, especially the media, tries to interpret why the shooter killed their victims, or why they felt the need to end others’ lives and their own. How We All Miss the Point on School Shootings, by Mark Manson, explains what and why these mass shootings happen. He starts by using examples of shootings and the murderer’s past. This article has great viewpoints, use of argumentative reasoning, and shows what truly happens in the hallways of a school shooting.
The Columbine High School Massacre took place on April 20, 1999. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were behind the horrible act. While what they did was one of the worst shootings to ever take place in America, it was a well thought-out plan. The two had planted a small bomb about 3 miles from the school as a diversion so they could go through with their heinous crime a little smoother. The bomb went off at 11:14 AM and started a small fire which was quickly extinguished by the fire department. At 11:19 AM, Harris entered the school equipped with a 12-gauge Savage-Springfield 67H pump-action shotgun, which he fired 25 times, and a High-Point 995 Carbine 9mm carbine with 13 10-round magazines, which was fired a total of 96 times. Klebold was armed
Furthermore, the night of the murder Blake was carrying a registered .38 Special Smith and Wesson revolver so when he was tested for gunshot residue his defense argued that the powder could have been from the revolver he was carrying, not from the murder weapon. Interestingly enough, ABC News reported that Blake was a known gun collector and the Walther P-38 was confirmed to be a World War II gun.
Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama, sheds new light on the issue of public mass shootings. Using quantitative data from American and international reports of 171 countries between the years 1966-2012, Lankford concluded that the rate of public mass shootings is greatly dependent on the civilian ownership rate of a country.
The late sixties and early seventies were mostly known as a time of overseas war and stateside flower power. Although for the Northern California communities, it was a time of fear and desperation. During this time a man, a psychopath really, was terrorizing the people with his deranged antics. This man was, and still is, one of the most well known and dangerous serial killers that the United States has ever produced. This man is the one and only infamous Zodiac Killer.
We were told that this theory is too broad because it explains everything and yet explains nothing. The question of which came first the chicken, or the egg conception is the same of learning is too simplistic. Do we truly learn from those who are closest to us who else can we learn from? We should ask the all-time question, “Why don’t we commit crime?” not why do we.