The first recorded school shooting in America dates back to 1764, during Pontiac’s War. Since then, hundreds have occurred, claiming many lives (Galvin). In the modern era, the rarity of these events has been steadily decreasing, which may be caused by the confusion that surrounds gun laws and regulations. The new debate over this issue is likely due to the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Since that event, about 65 people who have committed a school shooting have referenced Columbine as a motive.
On April 10th, 2017, a gunman walked into an elementary school classroom and opened fire. Killing a total of four people, two students, an adult, and the gunman himself. What makes this case strange is who the gunman was after. On Monday, Cedric Anderson walked into his wife’s, Karen Smith, special needs classroom. Smith had around fifteen special needs children in the classroom at the time when Anderson opened fired.
“In fewer than 11 minutes, twenty first-grade pupils and six adults had lost their lives” (Sanchez 1). On December 14, 2012 the lives of families across the nation changed forever. Adam Lanza, a twenty year old man suffering with multiple mental illnesses, went on a shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School after murdering his mother just minutes before. He had no motive for his unbelievable actions, but took the lives of children who had so many more years to live and memories to make. The Sandy Hook shooting was the second most deadly shooting in the United States, as it scarred innocent people, and still has families across the nation wondering why this horrific event happened.
On the 110th birthday of Adolf Hitler on April 20th, 1999, the most notorious school shooting in America occurred. Eric Harris and Dylan Kelbold shot and killed 12 of their peers as well as a teacher at Columbine high school in Littleton, Colorado. The tragic event sent shockwaves across America and lead to massive changes in public school safety. Serious discussions of having SROs (School Resource Officers) at every school and combating gun rights were some main takeaways people had after Columbine. These issues, however, were not the way shootings like Columbine could have been prevented.
Firstly, it is discussed that not all school shooter have had or shown any mental problems or family problems that caused them to do the evil acts, they might
On December 14, 2012 a 20 year old 120 pound autistic kid with assburgers syndrome strolled into Sandy Hook elementary school strapped and loaded with over forty pounds of weaponry and murdered 26 people in less than eleven minutes and killed a ratio of 26:1 at a 96 murder percentage rate, only injuring one unknown person by a rickshaw bullet in the foot. Thus making this uncoordinated, barley able to tie his own shoe, autistic, scrawny Adam Lanza the deadliest mass shooter of all time. Some conspersists have a hard time believing all this, I happen to be one of those conscpetist. Looking at this picture posted by the social security death index (SSDI) shows that Adam Lanza died on December 13, 2012, but as I mentioned before the Sandy Hook massacre did not happen until the 14th. Also take a close look at what I believe to be the most important thing, at the bottom of the picture it shows its confirmation, and this was proven to be right.
It was said that their actions were influenced by violence in entertainment, specifically the music of Marilyn Manson. But music can not be blamed for making people’s violence come out especially to the degree of violence Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris had. Many of the shooters’ friends held crucial information including Robyn helping purchase three guns, Chris and Nate having seen their pipe guns, and Zack and Chris having heard about the shooters having napalm (Cullen 217). How could Dylan and Eric obtain guns when neither of them was old enough to buy them? Anderson had bought a High-Point 9-millimeter Carbine at a gun show in 1998 from an unlicensed seller with money given to her by the shooters along with two of the other guns used in the shootings.
“Overall, I would just call him socially awkward, I don’t know, shy and quiet. Didn’t really look you in the eye,” said one of the Lanza’s family neighbors (Vogel). In the United States through 2013 and 2015, on average, there were two school shootings a month. Sandy Hook Elementary school was one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history, (Ray). On December 14, 2012 forty police cruisers darted toward Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut after a tragic mass shooting (Vogel).
“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.
This article has great viewpoints, use of argumentative reasoning, and shows what truly happens in the hallways of a school shooting. The main person he explains is Eric Harris, who killed over two-thousand students and faculty in a Colorado high school in 1998. He set off bombs all over the school and used a semi-automatic
David Benjamin Mrs. Brenner’s Class Period 7 English 8th Advanced 31 March 2015 The Sandy Hook Massacre Many young people have been diagnosed with depression; they show feelings of depression through acting out and bullying. The extreme example of this is hurting others through the use of weapons and force.
A teacher’s son, clad in black and carrying two 9mm pistols rampaged through a Connecticut elementary school, killing 20 small children and six adults, a tragedy President Obama said had “broken the hearts of America” (Williams).” Many people believe that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was planned because of the odd demeanor of the parents or victim, Emilie Parker, the medical personnel who were turned away from the scene, why care flight helicopters were never requested, and questions concerning the validity of the medical examiner. This tragic event was not at all planned because all of these questions can be reasonably answered. One of the reasons people question the tragedy of the Sandy Hook massacre is because of the strange
In his article, Gladwell repeatedly elaborates his claim on the aspects of previous school shootings, by providing quoted interviews. Thus supporting his credibility and creating trust between the author and audience. Gladwell appears to have acquired the knowledge of such events therefore, exemplifying to the reader his credibility, adding onto and advancing his argument. Along with his credibility, Malcolm Gladwell uses several logical statements such as “But, beyond those facts, the great puzzle is how little school shooters fit any kind of pattern.” (Page 3)
Informative Speech Going Out with a Bang General Purpose: To inform. Specific purpose: To inform my audience about the causes of school shootings in America. Central Idea: The main causes for school shootings are easy access to guns, mental instability and trauma. INTRODUCTION I. (Attention Getter)
In this interview, Ramsey goes into specifics about his exceptionally difficult childhood stating that he shifted “back and forth between abusive foster homes after his mother lost herself to alcohol and his father passed away.” (Demer) In many school-shooting cases, the students committing the crime had several similarities in their backstories. These particular scarring events from their past had serious effects on their mental health.