Passing gun control legislation that creates a universal background check and gun database system as well as passing mental health legislation that improves the health care system’s protocols and policies for assisting people with mental health disorders and that enacts counseling programs in communities and schools will decrease the likelihood of mass shootings in schools. The United States is bitterly divided. Issues of great concern, such as the rise of mass shootings, are partisanized. Both sides of the debate will not comprise or listen to what their opponents have to say. Groups from both sides can only agree that one innocent life taken from gun violence is one too many. Gun control is a complicated topic with no foolproof solution to
School violence is an all too common event reported throughout history. Shootings and massacres are not a recent phenomenon, however, a historical recurrence . The first known case of a school massacre was reported July, 26th, 1764, an incident of the Pontiac War. Three Native American men raided a schoolhouse, in now present day Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and killed the Schoolmaster, Enoch Brown, and took the lives of 10 boys. Hundreds of years later, cases such as these happen all too frequently. In May 21st, 1998, Springfield, Oregon was struck with the news of a school shooting at Thurston High School. 15 year old, Kip Kinkel, first killed his parents at home before driving to school where he fatally shot two students, and wounded 22 others. Littleton, Colorado, on April 20th, 1999, was once the most fatal attack on a school. 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.
It was on February 14, 2018 when Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He opened fire and in the end, 17 people were killed. Although there had been several school shootings that had already happened before, like the Columbine High school shooting where 13 people died, the recent incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida caused a turning point in history because students all around the country were sick of constantly being in danger. In the articles, “Students plan Denver march focused on school safety” and “Organizers plan for 500,000 attendees at ‘March For Our Lives’ gun-control march in Washington,” students around the US are gathering together to voice their fear,
Good afternoon. I am here to help fight for the cause to save your lives. Imagine this; you are taking a test in one of your classes. Then you hear a gunshot and the entire school goes into lockdown. Your friend, or sibling gets shot, while in the hallway, but for your own safety, you can’t leave your hiding spot. When the criminal is finally arrested, there a dozens of people who have been killed, injured, or fatally injured. All because of one man with a gun. Do you really want your life to be at risk because there is no law banning assault weapons? Do you want to walk down the hallway in fear of someone coming at you with a gun? According to an article from the Washington Post, written by Christopher Ingraham, the president/founder of a public opinions research, the ban on assault weapons lapsed, or expired, in 2004. This resulted in an increase by 183% of shootings and by 239% of deaths by guns. Obviously, this is a problem, that both puts people’s lives at risk and makes some live in fear.
On June 17, 2015, 21-year-old Dylann Roof shot and killed 9 people in Charleston, South Carolina. While this act alone is shocking enough, it wasn’t the worst of it. Roof targeted members of an African American church group. He walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where he was welcomed by the members. Roof asked to speak with the pastor and spent about an hour with the church members who were having a bible study. When the bible study was close to ending, Roof opened fire on the pastor and the other church members. Roof shot and killed eight people at the scene, and one died later in the hospital from their injuries. Roof spared the life of one church member telling him that he wasn’t going to kill him so that he could
On February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred in Parkland Florida. The shooter, Nicholas Cruz, opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen innocent students were shot and killed, while 17 others were injured.
Columbine was a very tragic event. The Colombine shooting was when two teens, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, went on a shooting spree in their high school. They killed and wounded lots of students, and one teacher. The attack on Columbine happened April 20, 1999, twenty three people were wounded during the attack (“We are Columbine” Fox News). Columbine is located at Littleton Colorado (“Columbine Shooting” History Channel).
According to ABC news the gunman behind this shooting was identified as Wade Michael Page (2012). A bald headed, middle aged, Caucasian, male, with extensive amounts of tattoos on his body. Page was born November 11, 1971 in Loveland, Colorado and died August 5, 2012 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Page was raised in Colorado until he enlisted in the Army where he was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served in the armed forces for six years 1992 to 1998. When Page initially enlisted, his job was an Army repairman for the Hawk missile system then he later transferred and became a psychological operations specialist (CBS, 2012). Page was then discharge, in 1998, for getting drink and abandoning his post while on the duty (CBS, 2012).
The Charleston Church shooting was one of the worst tragedies of the year. The gruesome shooting occurred June 17, which left nine dead in Charleston. When a white male specimen 21 years of age, Dylan Roof, was more than welcome into a Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof came in and sat with the group for an hour before he began to fire a .45 caliber handgun into the small group. One man got up to question Roof and ask him why he was doing this. Roof then said, “You raped our women and you have taken over the country,” then Roof immediately shot the man(Tauber, Michelle page 2). The shooting caused many social struggles our country has had to overcome in the past and also some new struggles to take on.
Mass killing (murder) is defines as the act of murdering several or more people, typically simultaneously or over a relatively short period of time. The Boston Marathon Bombing and the massacre in South Carolina is two events that will never be forgetting in American history. Both massacres had huge impacts in the United States. Hundreds of people was affected by both massacres; leaving friends and families without their love ones. How can someone have this much hate to just go and kill/hurt a large amount of people?
Gun violence is an unquestionable issue in America, with the United States ranking as one of the worst with both homicides and suicides using guns. That being said, we outnumber Mexico in gun related deaths and among first-world countries we rank far above others in the number of gun deaths, such as England and Australia. Consequently, we live in one of the only first world countries that does not have extensive gun laws and restrictions to gun access. Aside from the countless homicides and suicides by firearm in this country, one particular issue within this predicament is mass shootings, with the most recent mass shooting occurring on February 14th, 2018 at a high school in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed. Although, it may seem like an easy fix to just implement gun control laws into our society to eliminate gun violence, but it is important to note that Americans own nearly half of all firearms globally, which is roughly 325 million guns; when
The number of incidents of gun violence last year in the United States was about 60,000. In recent years, the number of mass shooting has risen to about one mass shooting per day in the United States. The country is divided with some wanting to reevaluate our gun control laws and either ban or add additional regulations to the purchase of guns. Others say it is our right for Americans to own guns and something the founding fathers considered important to put in the Bill of Rights. The number of firearm sales has risen with the number of mass shooting many Americans question if banning guns or certain guns could help decrease the number of gun violence deaths. Before researching more in depth, I believe bad people do bad things and banning guns will not be effective in stopping it.
“You’re watching television, you’re watching the news; you’re being pumped full of fear… and it’s just a campaign of fear and consumption. That’s what I think it’s all based on is the whole idea that keep everyone afraid and they’ll consume. And that’s really simple.” (Bowling). Mass murders occur throughout the world and affect every race and gender. Individuals have debated for years about what causes a person to commit these crimes. Mental illness, alcohol, drugs, rejection, access to guns, biological factors, violent entertainment, the list goes on and on. The three most talked about are access to guns, mental illness, and violent entertainment. Although access to guns, violent entertainment, and mental illness may play a role in mass shootings,
In today's society it is very important that we discuss violence, because it is beginning to get out of hand and extremely dangerous we have young children killing up one another every day and it is sad. When watching the news or getting on social media all you see is rest in peace, fatal shooting, mass shooting, and innocent students at school getting shot. For instance, the shooting that happen at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the worst massing shooting since Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut. Also Las Vegas Strip shooting was the deadliest in Modern American history where fifty-eight was killed and five hundred injured. Violence is becoming rapid and wide spread all over the word it is time for it to come to a stop.