The Pros And Cons Of School Shootings

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The United States is known for many things: freedom, baseball, the Kardashians, and obesity. Some of these things are positive, while others point to a decaying society. But what issue is currently at the forefront of concern in America? School shootings. “School shootings” is such a prominent topic and will not be put to rest until the action itself is put to rest. Guns have played an enormous role in America for many, many centuries. Guns are such a popular topic that there is even an entire amendment that is dedicated to guns: the second amendment. The Second Amendment reads: “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 fringed”, or in other …show more content…
throughout history. One side feels that guns are precious and help protect and serve. However, the other side feels that guns are dangerous, no one should own them, and all that they do is cause problems. The bottom line though is that whether guns are helpful or not, they have still been around for a long time and will continue to be around for much longer. The first gun used in the U.S. was introduced to Americans by the pilgrims in 1607 after they first immigrated here (“The First Gun In America”). Even the famous Christopher Columbus carried guns during his voyage to the States (‘The First Gun In America”). Guns have even been used in other countries over a millennium ago in the tenth century, when China invented the first gun, which resembled a mini hand-cannon (Harder). Guns have made such a huge impact on the world and things would be very different, in a positive way and a negative way, if they were never invented. The world would be affected in a positive way, because then numerous lives would have been saved during all of the school shootings that have taken place over the years. However, it would have been affected in a negative way, because the Unites States would …show more content…
Almost every present nation in the world has far lower rates of gun violence than the Unites States does. Gun homicides are seven times higher in the Unites States than in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, and more. However, because of the second amendment, the ability to regulate firearms without creating an uproar is very limited. People can argue that “guns are dangerous” or “guns are helpful” as much as want, but there is no evidence proving entirely one side. But there is scientific evidence that some policies, such as restricting high risk individuals (such as felons or people with a history of violence) from access to guns, will reduce (but not eliminate) rates of violent crime. In order to keep rates down, one must start trying to prevent it by being aware of what is happening and doing something about it. For example, schools could give an assembly on discouraging bullying, ensure that counselors are involved enough is students’ lives, and even starting violence prevention programs. All of these things can teach students how to resolve conflicts and problems without resorting to violence. The earlier that a school starts these precautions, the more effective it will be. In order to prevent a shooting, schools need to become more personal and

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