20 April 2018
The safer the better
The most recent and widely known mass school shooting was taken place on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida. A former graduate from Marjory Stoneman Douglas opened fire on his old school killing 17 and wounding many more with an AR- 15. Clearly this is an issue we deal with in America today and it needs to be stopped, this isn’t just the first case of something like this happening. It’s beginning to become a regular occurrence. With all the opportunities, our students are provided access to purchase any kind of weapon, it has become too easy for them to complete an act of terror-like the one in Parkland. Before I decided to write this paper, I conducted some interviews with 3 strangers to better understand what the solution is to stop or preventing these mass-school shootings. What some of them had to say went along the lines of, “it’s hard to judge the protection schools get today because schools in the north are much more protected, whereas in the south, a lot of schools are much more lenient down here.” This student explained his reasoning due to the financial status of all the schools in America. But, just like any other issue we face every day in America, there are solutions to fix them, we must look outside the box.
The increase of school shootings has encouraged this country to create a safer and more effective solution to stopping school shootings. When we first think of what to do when it comes to stopping school shootings, we think of enacting more resource officers and bullet proofing the glass windows. That seems effective, right? Wrong. Schools are meant to learn and receive education, we can’t pretend it’s a war zone. Even after all the incidents, if we act like school campgrounds are warzones it will surely become one soon enough. The real solution is to put a ban on guns and restrict all mentally ill kids from purchasing one. The gun reform debate has been a highly discussed debate for a while now, dating back to 2012 after the Sandy Hook shooting. Due to the increased amount of deaths caused by fire arms, we have begun to question the second amendment of the constitution. Are guns protecting us or are they endangering us? The push to begin a movement that bans all guns has enraged fellow gun enthusiasts. “Gun control advocates, for the most part, want to change laws. Gun -rights advocates, by and large believe they are preserving essential truths that make the country what it is.” (“Why Americans won’t give up their guns”. Oct 6. 2017). This article clearly denounces the fact that gun ownership in America is a problem. Fact of the matter is, people who own a gun in the house are far more likely to be shot dead than ones without a gun. On average, seven children or teenagers are shot every day. Not only would enacting the gun reform law create a safer environment at home, but it would decrease the likeliness of another mass shooting like the one in...