Definitely not the largest. The largest school shooting took place at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. The shooter’s name was Seung Hui Cho, a 23 year old male born in South Korea and a senior and an English Major at the college. He killed 32 students and a teacher. Cho was armed with a 9mm handgun, a 22-caliber handgun, and had hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Unfortantly, this movment has taken off and became a mainstream before. Although, gun laws is a hot topic right now, this movment will not stick because of the history of the trend in the past. The gun laws trend will not stick becuase of the history of the trend in the past. An article by Heather Dockray who is a Web Trends reporter for Mashable.com states the history of the movement and how it faded in just a short period of time. For example, on October 1, 2017 there was a mass shooting during a concert in Las Vegas which killed 59 people and injured 500.
To ban all guns, the United States of America would have to repeal the second amendment (Matt Pickering, “Why America can’t ban guns”). In addition, the gun ban would also violate the 5th Amendment (Matt Pickering, “Why America can’t ban guns”). Unlike Britain and Australia, Uncle Sam doesn’t have strict laws relating to guns (Leah Libresco, “Gun Control is not the answer”). However, some people claim that strict laws on guns aren’t necessary. ⅔ of gun control deaths every year are suicides (Leah Libresco, “Gun Control is not the answer”).
On April 20th, 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 students and injured more than 20 at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. At the time this was the deadliest highschool massacre. It sparked huge debates over the safety of schools, gun violence, as well as blaming violent video games. On April 16th, 2007 Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. The aftermath of the shooting consisted of huge settlements, lawsuits, and fines paid by virginia tech until 2014.
A 19-year-old male killed 17 people including 14 students and 3 staffs working at the high school and leaving many people injured. This mass shooting has brought up the issue about guns again. A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday, for instance, found that 67 percent of Americans, including 53 percent of gun owners, say they favor such a ban and only 29 percent of Americans are against the ban. However, back in 1994, Congress passed a federal assault-weapons ban that lasted 10 years. The 1994 law included a ban on 18 specific models of assault weapons, as well as a ban on any
The most commonly accepted definition of what a mass shooting is according to the Gun Violence Archive as a mass shooting that “kills four or more people are injured or killed with a gun” (Nass). There have been “at least 15,549 people were killed by guns in the United States in 2017, according to data collected by Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a nonprofit organization that tracks media and law enforcement reports of shootings.”(Nass) Since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012 “there have been at least 239 school shootings nationwide. In those episodes, 438 people were shot, 138 of whom were killed.”(Patel). This year alone “there have been 17 school shootings in 2018” (Wilson). These mass shooting have divided American politics and political parties for at least the past 5 years.
Had Paddock been using a hand pistol, a hunting rifle or a shotgun which needs to be reloaded after every shot or a round of five shots - he would have managed to kill or injure just a handful of people in that same ten minutes.2 So what is a semi-automatic assault weapon and what makes it so deadly? An assault weapon is a gun that has detachable magazines, that can hold as many as 100 rounds of bullets, hence the name semi/or fully automatic.8 This paper analyses some reasons why semi-automatic assault weapons should be banned from public use. Mainly, of their deadly capability to kill many people in a short period of time, also they are not needed for house protection by an average man, and they are not protected by the 2nd amendment in the US Constitution. Assault weapons should be illegal for public use because of their capability to kill a large number of people in a very short period of time. In the past mass shootings, semi-automatic assault guns were the
The Second Amendment of The United States Constitution states that "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The topic of the editorial, "Let The Teachers Teach" by The New York Times Editorial Board, is about gun control and why it is important that guns are out of schools. A few weeks ago there was another school shooting in the United States, twelve school shootings to be exact in just nine weeks. In Parkland, Florida a 19-year old man walked into a school with an AR-15 and shot and killed 17 students. The editorial states that in response President Trump is suggesting that we should arm 20% of the teachers in primary and secondary schools which would equal around 700,000 teachers in the United States would be carrying around guns.
In 1920 the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S constitution, which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors. State and Federal had a hard time enforcing Prohibition. Despite very early signs of success, including a decline in arrests for drunkenness and a reported 30 percent drop in alcohol consumption, those who wanted to keep drinking found ever-more inventive ways to do it. Prohibition, failing fully to enforce sobriety and costing billions, rapidly lost popular support in the early 1930s. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition.
Unfortunately, the these guns are everywhere, and you never know when you might get shot, by this lethal weapon. November of 2017, a man named Stephen Paddock, went into his hotel room, broke the window, and started to fire his semi-automatic machine gun towards a crowd watching the Route 91 harvest. His rampage killed almost fifty-eight people, and injured almost five-hundred people. The U.S. Government should include stronger gun control laws to stores, resulting in less crimes around the United States. This is for the reason of reducing the amount of unstable people from obtaining a deadly weapon and to kill people, prevent gun suicide, and make mass shootings and terrorism less likely to happen in the US.