Valentine’s Day 2018, the Day Without Love. On February 14, 2018, an active shooter went into a high school in Parkland Florida and killed 17 people. Some people believe that new gun laws need to be in place to prevent school shootings. However some believe that taking away guns will not stop a person who wants to harm others. School shootings have became a big problem in the United States and something needs to be done to stop them from happening.
On the left, they argue that some teachers are “crazy” and there shouldn’t be guns put into their hands, there is also a chance that a student may steal the weapon and go on a rampage. The right looks at it from a criminal’s point of view, if a shooter has to pick between 2 schools to shoot up; one with carrying teachers, and one without any guns, which would they pick? In an article published my Matthew Lynch, he stated that over 80 percent of the prisoners in America are high-school dropouts. There is a major correlation between education and success in this country. Guns were probably used in many of these crimes that resulted in the shooter being put into prison.
Allowing guns on college campuses will merely increase the chances of a school shooting occurring and increase the crime rate in schools. That this would not solve anything at all, it will purely make matters worse, although this rest far from the truth. Research conducted by the “American Gun Facts” surveyed hundreds of felons and polls showed that ⅗ felons would not dare to intervene with an armed victim. Not to mention, of all registered firearms in the United States, only 8.5% are murders, 5% are rapes, 7% are aggravated assaults, and 3% are robberies. If college students were armed with firearms, this would dramatically decrease the crime rate and the likelihood of a mass shooting occurring on a college campus.
People tend to get tangled in opinions and quotes on rather semi-automatic weapons should be banned or not, such as if they are protected by the second amendment, halting lawmakers from banning them. However, let there be no mistake that these weapons are a life threat to civilians. The amount of semi-automatic guns in the U.S. puts a shockingly large price on the cost the government would pay to buy all the semi-automatic rifles back. A fairly large amount of guns exist in the United States and of that amount, about a third are assault weapons. “A November 2012 Congressional Research Service report found that, as of 2009, there were approximately 310 million firearms in the United States: ‘114 million handguns, 110 million rifles, and 86 million shotguns.’” (Peters).
Regardless, if Marie is carrying a gun to protect herself along with the required age, twenty-one and over, and her weapon is concealed, her reflexes have to be quick in order not to get shot. According to Admiral McRaven in the article “Texas Lawmakers Pass a Bill Allowing Guns at Colleges” he states, “I am a guy that loves my guns. I have all sorts of guns. I just do not think bringing guns on campus is going to make us any safer. If you have ever been shot at, which I have, then you have an appreciation for what a gun can do.” Another example of a people not handling guns properly would be when Rick Brown, Southern Utah University’s police chief, was notified by a teacher that a loaded clip had fallen out of a student’s backpack.
If it wasn’t already enough sending soldiers out into the battle field. School should be one of the safest places in which one’s son/daughter can get an education, make long lasting memories and graduating starting the next chapter of their lives. No parent should be worried sending their son/daughter, however it has become a concern. “On April 20, 1999, two teens went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide” (History). If they were able to obtain lethal weapons to harm others then anyone can have access to assault weapons.
In the article on NewsEla, “Famous Speech…,” it states "So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed" and that he was even expelled for bad behavior.” Also in a NewsEla article called “Issue Overview…,” it says “The week after the shooting, senators proposed half a dozen laws that would keep suspected terrorists from buying guns.” The difference between these two sentences in the different articles is that some people think that the person that decides to cause a school shooting is mentally disturbed. Other people may think that they are terrorist and they believe in the Muslims teachings of ISIS. These are two completely different things because the person that could be mentally disturbed could be just an average, teenage American that goes to school and does everything normal except the fact that he planning to do something that is beyond scary for others. The terrorist mainly plan these things for a very long time and could possibly have others involved. Thinking about this topic makes others think about how this really can impact people’s lives and how it impacted Emma Gonzalez’s life (Author of Famous Speeches: "We call BS," Emma Gonzalez 's speech to gun advocates.” Tragically she was a victim on the school shooting on Florida that happened recently.
With any number of murders committed with guns, nine times more murders have been caused with knives, hands, feet, bats, and other such objects. (Ten Reasons Why States Should Reject ‘Assault Weapon’ and ‘Large’ Magazine Bans) In crime, guns have the least amount of involvement. Because almost anything can be used as a weapon, banning firearms will only take care of a fraction of the problem. “So-called ‘assault weapons’ are much less powerful than many rifles used to hunt deer and other large game. Most guns that are traced have not been used to commit violent crimes, and most guns used to commit violent crimes are never traced” (Ten Reasons Why States Should Reject ‘Assault Weapon’ and ‘Large’ Magazine Bans) Just because someone buys a gun, that does not mean that person will use it in crime.
Unlike professional shooters, teachers must undergo a series of training in order to obtain a gun. Without the proper protection and training, which was not included in the resolution, would guarantee that the weapons would fall under the wrong hands of the students. Everytown Research states, “Among shootings at K-12 schools in which the age of the shooter was known, 56 percent (39 of 70) were perpetrated by minors.” The resolution states that all teachers would be armed, but, if the teachers were to be armed, the teachers would traumatize the students mentally away from them. Hamby, a research professor in the department of education states, “ ...the links between exposure to weapons violence and negative outcomes of trauma in kids (including depression, anxiety and aggression).” This is important because if the students are aware of the teacher’s possession then the risks of wrongdoing and mental disasters will definitely
Another why guns aren’t safe according to cnn.com 3 kindergartener were wounded when a gun discharged. Ironically the gun fell off the pocket of one of the students. This goes to show why guns aren’t safe anywhere but also again anyone can get a gun. Another Reason why guns should be regulated is because many of our world leaders were assassinated with guns. An Example will be Abraham Lincoln shot killed by John Booth with a gun.
They say the more guns we have, the more gun violence there is, but in fact it does the complete opposite and solves gun violence. After the tragic and cold-hearted school killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, 20 children and 6 adult staff members were fatally shot. The number of school shootings within the past few decades has risen dramatically, which is just not acceptable. How can anyone accept the thoughtless cruelty with these young precious lives being treated like they are replaceable?
Morris M. says “The rate for intentional homicide in the UK in 1996—the year of the Dunblane Massacre—was 1.12 per 100,000. It was 1.24 in 1997, when the Firearms Act went into effect, and 1.43 in 1998. The rate rose to a peak of 2.1 in 2002 and has fallen since to 1.23 as of 2010” (10 arguments against gun control 2013). Researchers say that the best way to prevent mass shootings is to have background checks before buying a firearm and ban high capacity magazines and assault rifles. Guns should not be taken away completely but high capacity magazines and certain firearms should be limited to the public.
I feel that the people ever allowed to bring guns onto school grounds are law enforcement. Many people, such as myself, would not feel safe being in a school environment being around people with guns on their hip. We come to school to learn and to hopefully feel safe, but having tons of people with guns on them would not make me feel safe whatsoever. Yes, if there ever was a school shooting on campus, it could help bring the victim level down if there is someone in the area of the shooter. School shootings are pretty rare even though they have been more frequent recently.
In 1776 our founding fathers wrote the Bill of Rights, ten rights that all American citizens would have. These rights protect and ensure the rights of all citizens from any government intervention. The second amendment guarantees that the right to own guns won’t be taken away. Many today do not realize why this amendment is here and believe that it is outdated, this is very wrong. A common misconception is that guns are only used for hunting and you don’t need and AR15 to hunt.
Suicidal deaths among the student population will also increase as more than half of all college students already consider suicide, the presence of a firearm will only increase the risk more (Neuberger, Joan and Spiro, Ellen, 2015). Permitting concealed handguns on college campuses could potentially end the lives of future heroes and world