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. To me that doesn’t sound like a solution to all of the shootings. I believe that allowing guns in UW campus buildings is not a good idea.
Mass school shootings have been going on for years and have only gotten more frequent. Mass school shootings have tripled since 2011 according to a Harvard Research. There have been five school shootings this year since August. People wonder if having stricter gun laws in general or allowing guns on campus would help these horrible tragedies from occurring. Depending on the environment being lived in plays a big role in the use and possession of guns. Places like Nevada and West Virginia were it is very country and wide open makes owning guns almost normal. Living in places like Long Beach, California or New York makes owning guns very rare because there is really no use for them recreationally.
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
When seconds count the police are only minutes away or, in the case of my high school, they are only an hour away. When a school shooting or stabbing happens you want your children to be standing directly behind the police officer; but, what if that’s not possible? What if a blizzard happens and the police have trouble finding your school? If a police officer is not present when a school shooting happens, you want your children to be near the next best thing, an armed teacher who knows how to, and can, protect them.
To elaborate, it is widely agreed that a student’s well-being is a teacher’s concern. For six to eight hours every day for 5 days a week, the life of the student is in the teacher’s hands. However, a teacher has never been expected to arm themself to protect a student until now. Times are changing, but “teachers, crucially, are not self-sacrificing martyrs” (Jaffe). Even with extensive training, a teacher cannot and
These are the type of children to most likely be picked on because they are not like other students. This violent act has increased in recent years from 2000-2013 and since 2013 there have been about 215 school shootings. We do not know as to why these mass shootings have been more frequent but it does not necessarily have to do with mental illness. Even though many mass shooters have mental illness it does not mean that these mental illnesses have been increasing to result in a mass shooting. “While many mass shooters had mental-health problems, as the Mother Jones data shows, there is no reason to believe that there has been an increase in mental illness rates in the last several years that could help explain the rise in mass shootings. (In fact, federal research on the prevalence of severe mental illness shows a decrease in recent years.)” (Cohen). The definition for school shooting is when anyone brings in a firearm in a school building and starts shooting. There has been an average about a shooting once a week since 2013. These communities are feared about sending their children to school when
The school environment is one that has been stressed to be a safe and enjoyable place to learn. However, for many individuals, that is not the case. Students around the world have very unique experiences at school, which can unfortunately become abhorrent. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), and average of 96 Americans lose their lives to gun violence each day (Gun Violence by the Numbers). There are several causes of death by gun violence, but one of the causes that have become a growing problem is school shootings. Each school shooter has an individual story and should be treated disparate from the rest, but there are several similar characteristics between many school shooters throughout history.
In the past and present, school safety is one of the number one priorities of any school district. Having a safe and secure learning environment is crucial in getting children of any age the education that they need and deserve. When this security is threatened it can be either directly, for the victims of school shootings, or indirectly, for the students that hear about these incidents and no longer feel as safe when they are in their school. When a tragic event happens like what recently happened in Florida, there will be an argument and as with any argument, there will be many sides. Some ideas for school safety that have come out of this incident include, gun control laws, mental health screenings, and things that can be done in schools to control the situation of having an active shooter. One method of deterring an active shooter was stated as arming select teachers within schools in order to effectively end the situation and protect the students.
Would you want to live in fear? Especially at a place that you feel safe. A place that you are required to go to by law. A place that children roam the hallways, learning and having fun. Can you imagine, going to this place every day, until one. Someone bursts through the school, into the cafeteria, the library, an auditorium, or even in a classroom. Every day the threat looms over us. Haunting us with its increasing numbers. We live in fear of a school shooter. And I will not stand for it. Will You? In 2018, there have been 8 school shootings. 8. That is a staggering number. The total body count is unbelievable for just 2018 alone. Ridiculous. How have we not done anything about this? How have we not increased our gun control laws after Florida.
The carnage at Columbine alarmed hundreds of schools across the nation and influenced schools safety practices greatly. In this present era, school shootings appear to be becoming normality in America. After the shooting, schools both locally and internationally have significantly increased their security procedures. There are many different upgrades that schools have implemented to help prevent further tragedies; metal detectors are used to detect weaponry on-hand as well as security cameras on site all around the building – inside and out. These methods also include dress codes, security/police officials and ID room cards, the latter being implemented on my campus. If one were to access the necessity of metal detectors, it would come with
School shootings are starting to become a norm in today 's world. This is something we can only take precautions for but, we cannot completely stop school shootings from happening. Banning guns is not the option because the shooters are still going to find a way to get their guns. We should not punish everybody for the stupidity of some people 's actions. "At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado two teens went on a shooting spree on April 20, 1999, killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide" (Columbine Shooting, 2018). This is ridiculous to me that two teenagers had taken the lives of innocent people and then just decide after they had done the dirty work they just
This question will go through every parent, teacher or other kid of staff mind every single day, wondering who will attack next. Moreover, what best if we are well armed to protect others, and ourselves but the reality is that not even with weapons our lives are secure, weapons will not stop school shootings. The problem starts with the person having issues with themselves and their surroundings and we need to make sure to have more support towards students with problems or that they mind feel left out somehow. Instead of fighting and worrying about making new rules for teachers to carry guns, they should really focus on their
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. In addition, there has been over 250 shootings since that fateful day in 1999 (Pearle). To deal with these tragic occurrences, the government has opened the debate on gun laws and regulations. But this debate often leads to officials being unable to make up their minds or whole groups of people being split on their opinion. This causes a stalemate that does not help our nation 's current situation. Today, the government is not doing enough to prevent school shootings.
Everyone wants to know an answer to how people can stop mass shootings and there are many things that can be changed to help stop these senseless killings from happing in the future. Some ways of stopping these mass shootings would be trained and armed citizens, by keeping ammunition in the hands of citizens for their protection and making stricter background checks.
According to LA Times, “at least 59% of the 185 public mass shootings that took place in the United States from 1900 through 2017 were carried out by people who had either been diagnosed with a mental disorder or demonstrated signs of serious mental illness prior to the attack,“ (Duwe). These numbers refer to public mass shootings, which include, but not only refer to schools. What this statistic means is 109 shootings at most could have been avoided by having schools identify students with mental illnesses and making schools provide effective support for these students. However, PBS claims, “Schools do not all screen students for mental health issues. Even if students are successfully identified, many areas lack the community-based mental health treatment options that would be needed to help