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 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.
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.”
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 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. Shocking the entire country, the Columbine school shooting prompted a nationwide focus on why school killings occur and how to prevent them, raising concerns about how violence in the media was affecting young people.
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.
The 26 Lives that Changed America On December 14th, 2012 the United States of America broadcasted the third deadliest massacre by one man alone of 26 lives. (Wikipedia) Bullets rang through the halls of Sandy Hook Elementary School that morning, murdering 20 children and 6 adults. Each child had a name, a family, and a future they never got to fulfil. During the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, parents were terrified of the possibility their kid could be next.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a school shooting spree in Littleton, Colorado. Their catch phrase became, “Do you believe in God?” (Johnson, 2012). Multiple students were asked this simple question and killed if they answered yes. Harris and Klebold changed education from coast to coast in the United States with the massacre they carried out that morning in April of 1999.
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.
He shot and killed his mother at their house before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killing twenty children and six staff members before killing himself. No one knows what his motive was behind the shooting. I feel like almost people with some type of mental health issue have done all of the big shootings that have occurred in the recent years. James Holmes was the shooter of the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012. He killed twenty-four people and injured one hundred and forty.
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