By Daniel D’Amico, Trending Writer
The volume of school shootings in the past few years has not decreased at all and many children have become accustomed to the possibility of shootings and the routine drills. In addition, many feel there is a lack of adequate government response to address the issue.
The most recent school shooting took place in Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida where a former student killed 17 and injured at least 14 others. This incident along with all the others has created a different atmosphere where people have to constantly prepare for school shootings. Black Star News states, “An entire generation of children are coming of age understanding that there is no safe space in America.” This article also discusses how it is time to protect the children and not the guns. Going over the recent history of gun violence, it discusses how many of these incidents should not have occurred at all and that action must be taken moving forward.
Many share this sentiment that there has been a lack of response that needs to change. Madison McCoy, a 17-year-old from Highlands Ranch said, “I am tired of every mass shooting becoming forgotten and then overshadowed by another. I am tired of praying. I refuse to make the deaths of these Florida students and school staffers a sacrifice for the right to bear arms,” according to the Denver Post. This 17-year-old has seen 32 mass shootings which is almost double the amount of birthdays he has celebrated.
President Trump has been criticized for having revoked an Obama era initiative making it more difficult for mentally ill people to purchase guns. Despite this, Vox states, “Trump tweeted that there were ‘so many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed,’ implying that someone should have done something to report him.” This tweet is contrary to what he fought for given the overturning of the initiative.
With the most recent shooting, the debate about the mentally ill and our response to them has resurfaced. KATC said, “Mental health experts in Acadiana say there is a lot of work to be done in mental health before there’s an end to the ongoing tragic headlines.” Many cite lack of resources and lack of adequate help more generally as reasons for these ongoing mental health problems.
Regardless of what one views as the source of the problem or the solution, most would agree that something has to change. Whether it is in the form of more attention and help given to people with mental illnesses or stricter limitations on guns, something has to be done. With this most recent shooting, students are standing up more and more and putting pressure on Congress along with various companies.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 27th print edition.
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