Look at the list of the school shootings from this year and try to see something wrong with it (minus the ethics and morals):
I hope you noticed it because what is wrong is perfectly clear. There has been school shootings nearly every week this year. Every 1-2 weeks. And it’s only June. I am baffled as you are. I thought to myself this past week, “It seems like there’s a shooting every week this year.” I’m surprised that my feeling was true when I read that list.
When the shooting on December 14, 2012 happened with 20 little kids and 6 adults being dead, I immediately thought, “This is going to cause so much more shootings now because some evil person will want fame”. Some people rebuffed that, saying that I was paranoid. The sad thing was they were wrong and I was right. Last year, in 2013, there were 28 school shootings, with even some taking on the same day. This year, there has been 37
school shootings (Yes, I yelled “HOLY CRAP” too). Again, it is only June. If there will be a school shooting every week in the first half of the 2014-2015 school year, there could be around 74 school shootings alone in 2014. This is very scary.
How do these shootings go? Sadly, the majority (not all of them) could be easily mistaken as overly-used story lines in entertainment today. The cliche that actually takes place in the real world? Well, there is a white (normally now), teenage male who has some mental illness like autism and aspergers. At school, he is an awkward, shy loner. At home, he is a “nice, noble gentlemen” to his neighbors, adults, and grandparents. But to his parents and his siblings? He is such a deranged time bomb who has like 50 guns and weapons that he will need to see counseling. Eventually, one day, he can’t take it anymore. He doesn’t take his meds and he doesn’t see the counselor. He thinks what he has to do: Avenge the world as a result of his sufferings. In some cases, he first kills most of his family, especially his parents because they have the power to stop him. Then, he grabs his weapons and takes one last drive in his car. He reaches the school, grabs his weapons, and kills his enemies or at least, random people. Once he feel satisfied or hears about the police and SWAT teams, he finishes his life in a terrible way by pointing the gun to his head and triggers. It’s the end of yet another shooting.
How long will it take until something is actually done? Every week as I said earlier, there has been 37 shootings this year and 28 last year. The number of school shootings are rising in an alarming, dangerous ways. Whoever can change this (Obama, the Senators, the Congress?) should have done something by now. I thought we would have something done by now after 20 little kids died in one of the biggest school massacres in history. I thought there would be like a gun ban or limitation and security, being required in all schools by now. But, apparently the 74 school shootings is telling me that nothing has changed. How long will it take for these people to do something? Until even more kids die?
It also breaks my heart that many kids’ innocence are fading because of these shootings. When I was a little kid, we didn’t have to worry about shootings. Instead of worrying about seeing a person with a gun, we would worry about math tests, missing That’s So Raven, or our own drama with our friends. Now, it has gotten to some point that there are shooting drills at school. The next thing you’ll know, it’ll be required for kids to bring their own weapons for protection (I’m being sarcastic).
Additionally, I noticed that a lot of these shooters already have weapons from their families. First, why would their parents even have them? And most importantly, why would their parents keep them if their child is acting really violent? If this is the case, take them away and get rid of them. No wonder why he’s so tempted to kill people. He’s surrounded by guns.
Lastly, why do you have to kill people if you hate the world? If you’re going to commit suicide (PLEASE DON’T KILL YOURSELVES, BY THE WAY!), why take it out on everyone and even your enemies? Where will murder get you? Nowhere and innocent people will have to pay for your mistakes and sufferings. People are going to miss falling in love, getting married and starting a families, getting their dream job, seeing the world etc. because of a selfish monster decided “Hey, if I’m suffering, so will other people.”
What are the results of shootings in general, besides people losing their lives? Heartbroken parents (or wife/husband and kids) of the victims having to bury their beloved with grieving grandparents, siblings, cousins etc. crying beside them, devasted friends making tributes for their buddy, a shaken up community with people who are terrified to enter the ruined place, and the family of the shooter who is in beyond shocked that their own would something so evil. With all of them, asking one question: “Why?”
So, to the people or the person who has the power to limit these shootings, please prevent more shootings and have more effort to do something. You have the power to change these, but it looks like you’re making little to no effort to save hundreds of lives. To quote The Lorax, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
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