Nearly 96 Americans die each day from a gun related death, 62 percent of these deaths are suicides (everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-by-the-numbers/.) Almost 7 children and teens are injured by guns every day, but most instances are due to carelessness or unintentional. Here’s where race plays a part. All lives matter in this world but before I bring race and gender into the statistics I would like to state that these statistics are in no way a game, its horrible how much crime and homicide is committed in the United States. That being said, in big cities like Chicago or D.C., gun control plays a huge effect on consumers of firearms, but in 2015 Chicago reached its record high of homicide crimes in the country.
An each time there is a school shooting, I pray that it is the last school shooting, but it is not. There is always going to be another school shooting. That is not the part that breaks my heart, the part that breaks heart is watching others students go through the same things that I went and am still going through. Sophomore student Gabe Parker, someone who I thought was my friend, brought a handgun to my high school on January 23, 2018, and at 7:57 a.m. central time, opened fire on my classmates, killing 2, injuring 19 others. That is not the worst part.
The Columbine high school shooting took place in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999. Two teens went on a shooting spree, killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide. The crime was named one of the worst high school shooting in U.S. history and later began a national debate on gun control and school safety. There was also a major investigation to determine the motivations the gunmen, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17. There were speculations that Harris and Klebold committed this vicious crime because they were members of a social outcasts group and as retaliation for being bullied.
Unable to leave the room, two students had hesitantly relieved themselves into a small trash can. What we didn’t know at the time, was that a prisoner had just escaped from the prison that was less than a six blocks away from the school. The escapee had broken into some classmates houses, stealing clothes and a gun. Out of what I assume was the desire not to worry us, the teachers didn’t explain what was happening, allowing our imaginations to wander. This was in 2007, a year that saw several mass shootings including the Virginia Tech Massacre where 32 people were killed and another 23 were injured.
Isn’t all the mass shooting and gun violence enough to show the government how much America needs more restrictive gun laws? Americans need to help make a change to keep more innocent people from dying. Too many lives are being taken because of violent shootings. According to everytownresearch.org, “On an average day 96 Americans are killed with guns. Additionally, on average there are nearly 13,000 gun homicides a year in the United States.” David Frum, Daily Beast and CNN contributor, stated, “About 200 Americans go to emergency rooms every day with gunshot wounds."
“In Las Vegas shooting bullets rained down on helpless crowd 22,000 people” (pg.6). “In 2015 there were more than 36,000 gun related deaths” (pg.8). “In Australia, for example, had 13 mass shooting from 1979 to 1996 “(pg.8). “Wisconsin has eliminated its 48-hour waiting period to buy handguns” (pg.9). “Most of the gun violence that happens in this country is
A few of the other major incidents include the Jonesboro School Shooting, the Columbine Massacre, the Sandy Hook Shooting, and more recent the Petit Family Murders. The Jonesboro School Shooting took place in Jonesboro, Arkansas on March 24, 1998. Two young boys, at the ages of eleven and thirteen, killed four students and one teacher, all the while injuring another ten students. Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden (the shooters) were not charged as adults and were released in 2005 and 2007. “Neither has any criminal record,” as stated on
Mr Lapierre, Do you know of the 8 year old who is afraid she will be shot during lock down by a psychopathic student because her shoes light up? Do you know of the 14 year old who got shot because she refused to go to prom with a boy? On average there are nearly 13,000 gun homicides a year in the U.S. In January 2018 alone there have 28 shootings with varying numbers of killed and injured people. 28.
The citizens are possessing guns in U.S. and this is a huge risk for the government and the safety of society itself. According to [http://www.rulen.com/gunban/], 0.004% of the guns-possessions are used in the crime each year, and it is an enormous number. This included terrorist attacks, school shootings or just simple hatred murders. With guns, it seems that killing people becomes a lot easier to carry out. The recent Las Vegas Strip Shooting is the best example manifests this lack of gun control problem in U.S. On the night of October 1, 2017, the sound of the shooting appeared in a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.
As a result, America has higher gun homicide and suicide rates than any other country. England and Wales only had 4.5 percent of civilians who were killed by firearms in 2015, which is 60.5 percent lower than America. These two high-income countries have strict gun control laws (“America’s Gun Culture Charts”). In reference to the previous argument made about how firearms increase the number of suicides, examining other countries’ policies is an effective way to explore potential solutions to the problem of gun violence in America. In Israel, all men must join the military at age 18.
Since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, there have been over 30 more school shootings resulting in 160 fatalities. The majority of these have been committed by one or more students who walk through the front doors and open fire. These kids have had easy access to guns, some of which were military style assault rifles. The frequency of school shootings since 1999 has risen and is consistently rising. There may be no way to stop them from happening anymore unless we institute stricter gun laws.
The article that someone from my group chose was, “Queens 15-year-old arrested for bringing loaded gun to school, the second city student to do so in a week”. This article shows that young people can get their hands on a gun very easily. Guns have the power to kill anyone and they shouldn’t be in a household where a kid can have easy access to it. The gun that the 15 year old brought was a .38-caliber handgun and he easily brought it to a school. The school unfortunately had no weapon scanners, which is why the 15 year old was able to bring a gun to school.
Three years ago on a normal Monday morning a man by the name of Adam Lanza shot his mother, Nancy Lanza. Upon approaching the school doors he used an assault weapon to shoot a way into the entrance door of the school. Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, earlier that year, installed
The Virginia Tech shooting was a massacre that occurred on April 16,2007 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, It resulted in the death of 32 people and wounded 17 people. It was the deadliest shooting that occurred in U.S history and the deadliest by a single gunman. As a kid I remember seeing the tragedy on the news for weeks.This shooting was what reignited the debate over gun control for years to come. Many lawmakers bring up the Virginia Tech shooting to further advance their policies to promote stricter gun control. Guns don 't kill people but it is people who kill people you need someone to pull that trigger in order for the gun to shoot.
No one was sure how to react; I mean, school shootings were still pretty rare, let alone a shooting with 12 students killed on scene (CNN Library, 2015). Media coverage hasn’t stopped after the Columbine shootings, though. It seems as though every week there is a story about a school shooting on national news channels. Since 2013, 158 school shootings have taken place in the United States (158 School Shootings In America Since 2013, 2015). When I did this math, that number averages out to about one school shooting per week in the U.S.