Persuasive Essay on School Shooting as a Significant Social Issue

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School shooting is an attack at an educational institution, such as a school or university, involving the use of firearms. School shooting is something that has happened for years, or even decades, and will always happen unless we do something about it.

The earliest known United States shooting to happen on school property was the Pontiac’s Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764, where four Lenape American Indian entered the schoolhouse near Pennsylvania, shot and killed school master (Enoch Brown) and killed nine or ten children; only two children survived. The first school shooting that I heard of was the one that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This school shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newton, Connecticut, United States. This terrible and absolutely horrifying action was done by a 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years, as well as six adult staff members. What made all of this even worse is the fact that Lanza shot and killed his own mother at their Newton home. That was just one of what seems to be hundreds of school shooting cases that has happened throughout the years. Not to mention the one that happened in Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, United States on February 14th, 2018, leaving 17 dead while panicked students barricaded themselves inside classrooms and frantic parents raced to the scene. Then, 3 months later, another school shooting occurred at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, United States, in the Houston metropolitan area, on May 18, 2018. Ten people – eight students and two teachers – were fatally shot and thirteen others were wounded. Those were just three of the hundreds of school shootings. There were hundreds that as much as I want to write a more in-depth stories of every single one of them, I chose not to because that would take pages and pages worth of written reports.

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I hate how all of us have become so desensitized to violence. 10 years ago, a school shooting was a big deal and everyone would freak out. Now, however, we’ve had like what? Eleven? Twelve? In the past month. It’s gotten to the point where instead of gasping and being horrified, people just scroll past an article and goes, “Huh, another school shooting”. And then someone asks a question about how many were hurt or what state it was in, and then they move on with their lives. As if none of this matters anymore, as if the lives of those who suffered from this incident didn’t mean anything. It’s horrifying how all of this has become just another part of life.

So, why? Why did all of these happen? The reasons behind school shooting itself vary from one case with another case. One of them is mental health problems. This has been often suggested as a major cause. Most school shooters were mentally ill or showed symptoms of mental health problems. Another cause is the lack of gun control. As we all know, in the US it is relatively easy to gain access to a firearm, unlike in any other countries with tougher gun regulations. In the US there are more than 15,000 gun shops, and many families own at least one or several weapons. Children and teenagers have been trained on how to use a gun at an early age. Many experts suggest that the easy access to guns in the U.S. is one of the main factors why school shootings are becoming increasingly common.

Now, let’s try to picture this. Imagine, 25 thirteen-year-olds sitting on the floor of their classroom, in the dark, backs against the wall, blinds closed, lights off. Imagine being one of the kids having to undergo a lock down drill at school. Lock down drills are hard. They are always hard, but they are especially hard when it’s right after a shooting. Most of the kids are scared. You can tell the ones who are the most anxious the way they hug their knees against their chests, their straight-lipped expressions, their eyes staring at the tiled floor. Now let me ask you, would this, sitting quiet and still in the dark, really be the best we can do? No. None of this is going to solve anything. Neither will arming teachers with guns. Yes, you heard me right. There have been issues going on about how Mr. Trump, the President of U.S., is planning to arm teachers with guns. Which, in my opinion, still wouldn’t do anything. Even if it does, it will only make things worse. Parents already blame teachers for bad grades and their kids getting into trouble. Now the government wants to hand guns to teachers and give parents the potential to blame teachers for the deaths of their kids. If a teacher did have a gun and the school was attacked and the teacher for some reasons couldn’t protect all the students? Or, the teachers hesitated because they knew the student, or because it’s a kid? The government wants to hand guns to the teachers and tell them how to use them, but what happens when kids still die? What if guns get stolen for some reason/in some way by students? The solution to the gun problem is not more guns and it most certainly is not to arm teachers with guns! The government seems to be too busy ‘doing everything in their power’ that they seem to forget that the real issue lies on the lack of gun control. If there’s anything that they should be doing, it’s definitely to make a stricter gun law. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that guns should be banned considering that guns can be used as a self-defense weapon. I’m speaking on the behalf of every kid and teacher who died and injured in school shootings, every family who had to go through one of the most difficult times in their life, and everyone who had to suffer the aftermath of this horrible incident. They most definitely do not need any more condolences, thoughts, or prayers. However, they need real action to prevent these horrific school shootings from happening again in the future and the deaths of hundreds of innocent children and adults as a result. They need the government and Congress of the United States of America to take this issue as a serious matter.

I am absolutely sure that kids, teenagers, students and teachers should not die in school. Parents shouldn't send their kids to school and then get a message like, “Mom, if I don’t make it out of this, know that I love you and appreciate everything you’ve done for me”. Studying in school should not be a death sentence. I believe that the authorities should take the problem of mass shootings in schools more seriously. Sitting in their office talking to the media about how heartbreaking this case is, they won't do anything ‘helpful’. Now is the time to act, and first of all to strengthen gun laws. It is s time to put an end to all of this. Once for all.

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