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.
I. (Attention Getter) Imagine sitting in the cafeteria with your friends like any normal day at school. You lean down to get another bite of your peanut butter sandwich, and you hear a scream. You look up and you see two boys with masks carrying big guns. Everything happens in a blur and you’re hiding under the table with your friend who is lying on the ground unconscious. That may seem absurd to you, but it is the reality of many American students over the past decade. …show more content…
(Sub-subpoint 1) 87% of students said that the main cause of school shootings is because they want to level the playing field. (Alfred University)
2. (Sub-subpoint 2) For example, a 12-year-old from Nevada opened fire at school because he was bullied. He was called “an idiot, a retard and gay”. (NY Daily News)
B. (Subpoint 2) Traumatic experiences like physical and sexual abuse will impact young individuals negatively and eventually cause them to lash out with gun violence.
1. (Sub-subpoint 1) Traumatized shooters come from dysfunctional families, in contrast with shooters that are psychopathic. The shooters have all faced some sort of physical/sexual abuse and have had at least one parent with a criminal record. (Peter Langman)
2. (Sub-subpoint 2) An example of a traumatized shooter is 16-year-old Evan Ramsey. In 1997, Evan committed a school shooting in Bethel, Alaska. Evan was abused sexually and physically at foster homes. He was suicidal. Friends convinced him to shoot other people at school.
(Transition: To summarize, the main causes of school shootings are easy access to guns, mental instability and trauma.)
I. (Summary statement) The three main causes of school shootings are easily accessible guns, mental instability and
The attacker did not make threats their targets prior to the attack 4. There is no good profile for a school shooter suspect 5. Most of the time the shooter does something before the incident to cause other to be concerned or indicate that they need help 6. The attackers do not handle or cope with major losses or personal failure well and many are suicidal 7. Many of the school shooter feel bullied, persecuted, or hurt by others 8.
School shootings are something that happen rather often here in America, that most of us seem to be getting increasingly (and alarmingly) desensitized to; a simple Google search could tell one everything they need to know about the most recent shooting, which, at the time of writing, was at a Dickenson High School. The first thing someone should ask in this situation is ‘why, exactly, is this happening?’, and there are plenty of people who would be willing to give a different opinion to why this is happening. Whether someone believes it is the effects of lax gun control, or violent video games, or even poor mental health care, there is no denying that this is a recent phenomenon. Perhaps to trace to the root of the problem, one should look
Since the mass shooting at a school in Sandy Hook in 2012, more than four hundred innocent people have been killed in more than 200 school shootings. Insane right? Sadly, gun violence has been a common occurrence for the past number of years, yet there are still no specific gun laws in the United States. Society expects excellence and perfection from every child growing up in today’s generation. The pressure can be too much for some, breaking them down, leading to awful events.
I. Justification " Reasons o School environment significantly impacts students ' academic achievement. o Serious death and injury to students and faculty members o School security is based on the school districts discretion, but government policies are necessarily to prevent reoccurring events " Assumptions o Schools do not have appropriate polices for school crisis response o A limited amount of antiviolence initiatives that include prevention programs for all students. This include faculty members who are aware of psychological signs o Community involvement is necessary II.
Not only youth is affected by gun violence at home or in the streets but also by violence in school. The University of Michigan did a survey saying whether being in or out of school a large amount of high school seniors admitted to being threatened by a weapon. From 1992 to 1994 school related homicides and suicides doubled. Many student grow up being bullied. These students have a hard time during school.
School shootings and active shooter situations are one of the hottest topics in America right now. There is nothing more tragic than turning on the television or radio and hearing about the deaths of children. The primary argument is that no one can ever seem to agree on what the cause of these events are, and if they can be stopped before they occur. Lately it seems that there are more and more of these events occurring, however some researchers argue that this is not the case (Rocque, M. (2012). Others argue that while the events themselves may not be increasing the high amount of publicity these events get from the mainstream media makes it seem that they are occurring more frequently (Snell, C., Bailey, C., Carona, A., & Mebane, D. (2002).
Mass shootings have been a major issue in this country. One common place these shootings take place is on school grounds. These events keep happening with really no solution to put an end to these tragedies. Recently, a bill had been proposed in Wisconsin that would lift the ban on guns in campus buildings in UW schools. This means more guns on campus.
Students today live their day-to-day lives in constant fear of what seems inevitable. The United States has one of the highests rates of school shootings in the world. Society has become so desensitized to these shootings that they are no longer shocked to hear about another school falling victim to it. Even when students take a stand against gun violence, the only solution offered to them is a proposition to arm teachers. However, bringing more guns into a school will only further deteriorate the situation.
A nonprofit group that attempts to prevent gun violence called “Everytown for Gun Safety,” released a statement about school shootings. The organization claimed that the school shooting at “[Marjory Stoneman Douglas High] is the 18th school shooting in the U.S. in 2018.’” (Cox and Rich). In less than three months, there have been eighteen school shootings. This shows that schools are no longer a safe environment.
Many schools in today’s society suffer from shootings at some point while children are attending school. Shootings in schools are not a new occurrence, and America has dealt with multiple shootings in public schools in which the lives of many children and teachers have been undeservingly taken (Elliott 528). Because of school shootings, this leaves our children in danger with no way to protect themselves. Gun violence in schools is an evident problem, and there are several ways to reduce the number of incidents, such as mental health screening for owners of guns, interconnectedness of communities, and more school funding.
The Fight for Gun Rights In 2015, a man named Chris Harper-Mercer shot and killed eight of his fellow classmates, and injured nine others. All throughout his life Mercer had mental and emotional issues, yet in the aftermath of the massacre, people put more blame on the gun than on Mercer himself (Healy and Lovett). In the past few years gun laws have become more strict because people believe they are a danger to society. That, however, is not always true.
In addition, there is a lot of bullying going on in school. There is another reason why there is shooting in school. I think they feel lonely and they think if they shoot the school they everyone will give that person more attention. Now this day many parents do not put attention to their kids.
Should teachers and students legally be allowed carry guns? Is it safe to allow teachers and students to carry guns? Will it be safer to give this permission only to the one group? These are difficult questions that create controversial opinions. News show schools, universities and other educational institutions had mostly negative impact of weapons.
Since media has increased the amount of violence shown, the rate of school shootings and threats have dramatically increased. This was presented in the author's text, but then rebuttled with the quote, “Fear, greed, power-hungry, rage: these are aspects of ourselves that we try not to experience in our lives but often want, even need, to experience vicariously through stories of others”, by Melanie Moore, Ph.D. This statement is flawed, because although humans feel these aspects, being exposed to violence enhances the feelings, and also makes one feel like those aspects are
I, a student that belongs to Toms River High School North here in New Jersey write to you concerning our nation’s mass problem with school shootings. There are multiple ways that we can reduce the rate at which these crimes happen and secure the lives of our teachers and other students similar to me around the state. After the recent shooting in Florida, several kids were scared out of coming to school in the days following which should not happen. People should feel comfortable coming into school knowing they are protected at all times. There are different measures that can and should be taken into action so that future school shootings can be prevented.