Guns in Schools Essay

2028 Words Mar 29th, 2015 9 Pages
Guns in Schools

With the number of mass school shootings and incidents of violence in schools that have been reported since April 20, 1999; the public is crying out for stricter laws to help protect our children. In direct response to the Columbine High School shooting, schools across the country adopted a variety of “safety” measures that included mandatory uniforms to prevent the wearing of gang colors and allowing faculty to more readily identify intruders, installation of metal detectors and security cameras, ID badges to be worn at all times, and the increased presence of armed guards on campuses. While these measures are all intended to protect our children the fact that we are still experiencing violence in our
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I would like everyone to consider Switzerland, and the fact that Hitler chose not to attack this small European Providence. After a careful study of their well-trained army, Hitler decided that Switzerland was not worth the trouble, as it was definitely a hard target. According to David B. Kopel, et.al, “At about age 20, every Swiss male goes through 118 consecutive days of recruit training in Rekrutenschule.”(pp 11) The first gun is issued, then each serviceman is required to keep a weapon and ammunition for the duration of their service, which is generally 30 years. Each man only sees about one year of actual service. Switzerland is also home to many marksmanship competitions, including one annual national competition with more than 200,000 participants. (pp 51)

The 2nd Amendment reads as follows, "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."(pp1) The 2nd Amendment was established to empower the citizens with the right and the responsibility to be prepared to defend our nation. With this being the case, what better place to practice this right than in our schools, protecting our Nations’ future in the form of our children.

Most, if not all of the school shootings came to an abrupt end when the shooter(s) came against a hard target, or realized that they were not going to get out alive, and took their own lives.

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