It seems like every time I turn on my TV there is some type of shooting. Whether it’s a school shooting, a shooting at a business, or even a shooting in a Planned Parenthood center. It’s making people much more fearful about leaving high school and going to college because there’s no guarantee that you are in a safe place anymore.
So, how can these be prevented? How can we, as a nation, not be scared anymore? Basically the only thing that pops into my mind is Gun Control. I’m not saying that all guns should be banned and that we should all dispose of them; it just makes sense for these shooters having their guns to not have them. Eddie Garcia, a police chief from San Jose, California, states that he “agree[s] with the right to bear arms, but [he] equally believe[s] in the limitations that have been placed by our courts. One aspect that [he] find[s] interesting is that the Second Amendment was adopted in the late 1700’s. [He] wonder[s] if today’s modern weaponry were available then, if the amendment would look the same. [He] suspect[s] not.”
The problem is that we mourn and we pray for about a week after the shooting happens. Many will come forward and say we will fight to change things and that this needs to stop. But we never actually do anything about it. It has become a repetitive process that cycles over and over again. The process we can use to change things once and for all is something I’d like to call a “3 Step Plan”. First, we get rid of the loophole that allows people to buy assault weapons, such as AK-47’s. A law was put in place to ban assault weapons from people, but gun manufacturers found a way to change how many rounds you could take in an assault weapon, therefore going around the law that was put in place. Those types of weapons should be used for war, not for hunting. Second, we put heavy background checks at all gun shows. Many gun shows don’t even reinforce any type of background check, so any kid could go in and purchase one. And third, treat guns more like cars. Everyone should have a license to have a gun, and if they hurt people with that gun, have insurance and be liable to pay for the damages of people or the area.
The Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting was one of the most horrific and terrifying shootings that involved the brutal murders of 26 people. The victims include 20 kids between the ages of 6 and 7, along with 6 staff members. These kids, who barely had grown up yet, were killed by a psychopath, at a place that was supposed to be a place they could learn, grow, and create. Since that shooting, there has been 186 school campus shootings in America. According to a Los Angeles Times article, that means “a gun has been fired on school grounds nearly once a week” which is both frightening and astounding. We can’t continue to live this way anymore. We need to put aside our differences and do this for the safety of one another. We need to take a stand and mean it.
Nicole Hockley, whose son passed away in the Sandy Hook killing, claims that people “need to not just look us in the eyes, but look at our children and the lost ones and see those faces, see what’s gone and remember this isn’t just about political parties. This isn’t just about careers. This is about people. And this is about making change to save people. And it’s important to remember the people you are doing this for.”
Written by Grayson Ruiz