Active shooter situations on school grounds is not a new concept. There have been shootings at schools as far back as I could find. However, the difference is, shootings on school grounds use to be one of two things, either targeted, meaning they came on campus with the intention of injuring/killing a specific person. Or, accidental, meaning someone brought a gun onto school grounds (for whatever reason) and the gun accidently went off. The idea of mass shootings and deaths at a school did not truly become a reality until the events that unfolded on April 20th, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado.
The second amendment of 1789 states that all civilians of the United States of America have their constitutional right to bare arms. Now, two centuries later, we have started to finally ride into a major problem regarding this constitutional amendment, what if people use this right for their own wrong will? Mass shootings in the past two decades have grown increasingly popular occasions throughout the world. It just takes one bad apple among the group to cause a multitude of deaths, usually based on mental illness or influence by the media. This not only creates a predicament of how we can stop or reduce these acts, but how we can find the source of them.
In the past recent years, there have been numerous terrorist attacks on America like 9/11, The Boston marathon bombing, and the Oklahoma beheading. Many attacks that were done in the past years have been done without the use of guns. The democratic government, however, thinks that by banning guns it will simply stop terrorism because there would be no violence. What the government fails to realize is that if someone really wanted to commit an act of terrorism then they will find a way to do it. The democratic government in the past and until recently has been missing this key point and offer a simple minded, ineffective solution to a problem that is much bigger than just the use of guns.
Gun control has been an idea since the 1800s, Gun regulations can be good and bad. History has shown that banning firearms from the populace led to disaster and civil unrest. ¨We the People¨ in the United States are very divided when it comes to dealing with gun control and regulations for gun ownership. Banning guns increase fatalities, decreases personal protection and safety, and prohibits citizens from their constitutional rights. The 2nd amendment of the United States is ¨The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.¨ This statement plainly states that every American has the right to bear arms, and there are no other possible interpretations of this amendment that make any logical understanding.
He was in the doorway with 35 students still in the room. Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg announced that two detectives were approximately 15 feet away from the shooter when they felt they had a good target. They returned fire, and struck Harper-Mercer in the right side, but he would later go back into the classroom and shoot himself. The force used against the shooter was announced as justified. “These men saved
An article written by Harry Enten who is an american journalist for CNN, explianed why the U.S Congress has been slow to take action on gun control. One example being, americans are very polarized about gun policy. Polarized means to cause people or opinions to seperate into opposing groups. An example from the text, “Americans were more polarized on gun policy than any other issue except building a border wall with Mexico… on the subject, 79% of Republicans favored protecting gun ownership rights over limiting gun access. That compares with 20% of Democrats who felt the same way.” (Enten).
Kennedi Grismer Mrs.Davis College Prep English 4 April 2017 Columbine School Shooting Twelve kids and one teacher melancholy pronounced dead at a scene proclaimed the “Columbine Shooting” at Columbine High school in Littleton, Colorado. Men were disguised in ski masks, by the names of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Nobody knows exactly why they did it, but some spectators say it was to get revenge of when they got bullied in high school(History.com). “ I was just sitting at work, having my lunch break and something sparked my eye. I had heard that there were two seniors, that actually attended Columbine High School, had shot all of these people.
Their plan, told so by History.com, was “originally to bomb their school, potentially killing hundreds of people” (History.com Staff 1). The bombs, placed in unmarked duffle bags across the cafeteria floor, were set to explode at the busiest time of lunch. Although this attempt failed, the original plan was to kill as many students as possible in the explosions, and to execute any remaining survivors. In the three years before the Columbine massacre, there have been ten occurrences of American teenagers carrying out gun attacks on their schools. None of these did more than five individuals die, but Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold sent out to kill hundreds.
We need more empathy and compassion. We need to make dealing with mental health and keeping guns out of the hands of would-be criminals our main priorities in order to prevent these tragedies in the first place. Our first reaction shouldn 't be to meet violence with violence. Karen Feldscher the writer on the 1999 Columbine School Shooting wrote, “On April 20, 1999, two teenagers went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and then killed themselves. The rampage at their Jefferson County school in suburban Denver left fifteen individuals dead and twenty-four wounded.
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.