Perez 6 ENC 1101 Professor Boumararte 24 November 2015 Guns on Campus: A Risk or a Benefit? Erica Perez Guns on Campus: A Risk or a Benefit? In the recent past, learning institutions have increasingly become crime scenes with dozens of students and professors killed and others wounded. This has sparked debate on whether concealed guns should be allowed within colleges or not. The existing laws prohibits anyone from carrying a gun in and around school premises, but the proponents of the matter are calling for the legalization of concealed guns in schools as the first step in keeping learning institutions safe.
18 year old, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold, 17, planned out their attack for a year, to kill at least 500 peers, and detonate the school. The shooting killed 12 students, one teacher, and wounded 21 others before committing suicide. Red Lake, Minnesota, March 21st, 2005, Jeffrey Weise first kills two at home, walked into school blazing gunfire. He first killed the unarmed security guard, as well as a teacher, five additional students, and ending the fatality with
The reasons massacres occur in schools is because of poor security, violence in video games/media, and bullying. No one makes the killer pull the trigger but himself. Shockingly the U.S. has the most school shootings than any other country in the world. According to the FBI, mass shootings occur, on average, every 2 weeks in the U.S. While the cause of school shootings are sometimes unpredictable, it is a growing
Rep. Giffords, the gunman 's target, was shot in the head. She survived, but faced a long and difficult journey to recovery. Among those who lost their lives were a nine-year-old girl, a federal judge, and one of Giffords’ staffers. Just after midnight on July 20, 2012, a man walked into a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire. He killed twelve people and wounded another 58.
Also, a shooting happened at Virginia Tech in 2007 that left thirty-two people dead. John Houser bought a gun at a pawn shop without having a background check done. Then he entered a movie theater and killed two people while wounding nine. Afterwards, he then shot himself (USA Today). There are too many lives lost due to a simple flaw that could be fixed if the United States would try harder.
In reality, school violence statistics show that few students are killed at school, though every instance of a school shooting is a tragedy that affects entire communities and even the rest of the nation and the world. Students are much more likely, however, to be the victims of other types of school violence that are not fatal, but can have lasting negative effects on students and their educational experience. Even non-physical forms of teen violence like bullying can have serious consequences. The government tracks incidents of school violence and reports them in the Indicators of School Crime and Safety reports, where most of these figures came from violent crimes at school. Serious violent crimes at school hit a peak in the 1990s, when a series of school shootings and copycat shootings claimed the lives of a relatively large number of students.
"Even three or four minutes into it, I was still thinking, ‘This can’t be happening. Not here, '" she said. It was happening: A mass shooting that would turn out to be the deadliest in the modern U.S. history. And she was standing in the middle of it. At least 58 people were killed and 489 others were injured when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
Three people were killed. One of the more known events was when a gunman forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and shot and killed 20 first graders and six adults. Among these incidents of mass shootings where multiple people have been killed or injured there are thousands of accounts of individual shooters who just randomly shoot people in the streets in everyday life. Robbers, criminals and gang members all have access to these deadly
David did his typical car window shooting injuring one at the scene which later killed her. 2 months later he killed a college student walking home. David had just finished killing a couple in a parked car and had left a note to the police, where he stated his name was “Son of Sam”. July was the last of David’s killings. David attacked a couple in a parked car.
Another angry kid shoots up a school full of kids, or was the cause of this tragedy darker than we could have imagined? “Lanza went to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 armed with an AR-15 rifle and other firearms. He killed 20 children and six educators” (Scinto). The nation was shook by the news of the shootings. Adam Lanza took twenty-six lives days before Christmas.
Therefore, limiting the number of teachers able to carry guns in school lessens public worry. The teachers going crazy with their handguns has now become a huge concern in the public. Even though most people think it is a horrid idea; the reality is, that increased publicity has caused people to react negatively. They need to understand that there is a specialized handler training for those teachers that do carry, in-depth background checks for those individuals and schools could limit the number of teachers with guns. So, honestly, the public needs to research and look into the positive and negative interests of carrying handguns onto public school campuses before they jump to indecisive conclusions.
It will be hard for police officers to save many people. Also, guns could accidentally go off if it is in the student backpack and it dropped and could hurt someone. According to Admiral William H. McRaven a Texas Chancellor, “We survivors do not think that it is a good idea to have guns on campus. There is no evidence that a bill like SB 11 would do anything to stop a mass shooting, but SB 11 would make the average day on campus more dangerous in an environment where students are dealing with failing grades, alcohol abuse, relationship problems” (McRaven). People should think about the future on how many people lives are taken because of guns on campus and should decrease the
Many people that we know have trouble hearing the word gun, let alone guns on campus. Guns on campus is a very sensitive matter for some people ,The shootings at Columbine High School in April 1999, Virginia Tech University in April 2007 and Northern Illinois University in February have all ended in students owing guns. According to Floyd Phelps on the article “Does concealed carry make sense in schools and campus”, he said that because teachers deal with students regularly, they are as qualified as police officers to carry a firearm. But police officers are tested about the types of situations where a firearm may or may not be needed, whereas the average person carrying a gun, including a teacher, isn’t, he says “No teacher would think that