It was the most horrific event that shook the whole country. What seems to be an endless debate over gun control has enraged gun-rights advocate for passing gun-control legislation in New York. New York has become the first and only state to pass gun control legislation. On mid-January Andrew Cuomo has signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearm Enforcement Act, Or SAFE Act, into law. The act makes the gun regulation much stricter by banning assault weapons including any semiautomatic weapon with detachable magazine and one military-style feature; limiting the magazine capacity from 10 rounds to seven; gun licenses needed to be renewed every five years; background check will be required to all gun sales, including private sales, with the exception between immediate family member; mentally incompetent are not allowed to purchase guns; and establish tougher penalties for the use of illegal gun.
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”).
Death certificate data shows that 680 Americans are killed accidentally with guns each year. Children as young and innocent at the age of 5 to 14 in America are 11 times more likely to be killed from an accidental gunshot wound than children in any other developed
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
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.
It was a one minute long video which was an eye opener because it stated that it only takes 15 minutes for someone to buy a gun, like the Ar-15. All it takes is 15 minutes for a person to obtain a weapon which ultimately might kill a dozen of people. For example, Nikolas Cruz who killed about 17 people in Stoneman Douglas High School had to wait 5 days for a gun because he did not have a conceal carry license; however, later he went through a background check and then legally bought an Ar-15. That was all he needed to execute his horrific plan and evil desires. Imagine living with the fact that the person who killed your loved one wasn’t stopped because there was no protocol or rule that stopped him from doing something so atrocious.
Mass shooting are becoming more and more common throughout America. Although there is no widely accepted definition of mass shootings, there was at least on average one mass shooting every month in America last year. These Mass shootings pose as a national security risk and there are not enough regulations on buying assault style rifles. As of now there are some current proposals to deal with the issue of guns ranging from background checks, arming school teachers, and banning assault style riffles all together. 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).
Shortly after the Kent State shootings, a banner was hung out of a window at New York University stating “They Can’t Kill Us All!” On May the 8th, eleven people were bayoneted at the University of New Mexico and shortly after that 100,000 people demonstrated in Washington, D.C. The Urban Institute conducted a national study that concluded the Kent State shooting was the single greatest factor causing the only nationwide student strike in U.S. history. Then, over four million students protested and over 900 American colleges and universities closed during these strikes. On June 13th, 1970, President Nixon established the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest. The Commission issued a report that concluded that the Ohio National Guard shootings on May 4th, 1970, were unjustified.