Mass Shootings in America

Mass shootings that have happened in the past years.

 Crowd gathers as they have resentment in France,25 years ago

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Crowd gathers as they have resentment in France,25 years ago

Isabella Balderas, Staff Reporter

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Students are learning in school, quietly reading to themselves but in the middle of the class, they hear an alarm go off and a loud bang, kids running and screaming but no one knows where to go. It is a scenario that has happened at schools in America, and it is one that could happen again. Life isn’t like a movie, we cannot call Superman to save the day,  and because of that, we need gun control.

Gun control is one of the biggest problems America up to this day, America is six times worse with homicide rate as Canada, more than seven times as Sweden, and 16 times worse than Germany. People think that just because places have security that they will always be safe, but sometimes that is not always the case.

On January 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, five people were killed and six were injured by a gun. Airports are known to have the best security with all their cops, guards, metal detectors, and cameras. and for guns to not be checked where most people visit daily is not a positive thing nor is it a positive outcome. Thinking guns should be allowed in public places, is like letting a killer run around freely.

There are people all around the world who have been affected by mass shootings and some victims are even mentally ill. Mass shootings do not help people get rid of Post-traumatic stress disorder and guns are something that causes PTSD. About 90 percent of people from the Las Vegas shooting have PTSD to this day. Psychical pain and mental pain are two wholly different things. People can get medical help for physical pain. But mentally people can’t always get the help they need. When Kevin Neal’s family knew he was mentally ill and didn’t get any help for him, he brought a gun into an elementary school in Northern California and killed 5 people. PTSD from gun violence can happen daily.

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People gather around a memorial for the 2006 Dawson college shooting

Imagine being too anxious to step outside your home or even stay inside your own home. It’s like a big cycle that never stops going, someone buys a gun for protection then they end up going insane, like having a mental breakdown or getting mad or some people say “mentally ill.” There’s no real reason why killers kill, but studies show that there are no real reasons to kill. There are many mixed cases of mental illnesses and people telling others about what they want to do, but people seem to do nothing about it. To use mental illness as an excuse for a crime committed can be compared to asking for a bailout of jail, free card. In 2017 when Stephen Paddock killed 58 people, police said that Stephen had a mental illness but wouldn’t explain what kind of illness.

Make sure you and people around you know about gun control. Ask wherever you go about it, asking people in charge of cameras and or security wouldn’t hurt you more than a bullet would. I hope later in the future there could be more laws about having guns in the public. Guns don’t control you, you control yourself.

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