Debate On School Shootings

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Debate Paper Brook R. Pritchard May 25, 2014 XBCOM/275 Curt Haydt If you have recently turned on to see the news or picked up a newspaper you may have questioned what is happening in our schools, and start to wonder whether our schools are still a safe place for our children. The recent school shootings have set fear in many of our parents about their children's safety in school. In the recent years, the number of school shootings has occurred regularly. Who do you think we should blame for this? Before we can put the blame on anyone, we must hear what both sides have to say. It is extremely wise to debate a topic that has concerned all of us in the last few years before making any decisions. There are many…show more content…
There is too much of a chance for things to go wrong with weapons being available on school property. The security guard could be over powered and the weapon that they have in possession could be taken. Some individuals would believe that a new or better security system can be a more practical solution to school setting and not more weapons. They would rather have cameras to watch for the suspicious activity then to bring any weapons into the schools. It could make the students and the staffs feel more uncomfortable. Seeing a security guard with a weapon could cause some children to feel scared. It is unrealistic to assume that armed guards will have the proper weapons to handle a gunman at the right place and the right time. There is also a greater chance for unfortunate things to happen or go wrong. Armed staffs, teachers, guards may be equally dangerous if they have an issue (family, relationships, jobs) that triggers them to turn against the school and students. More guns equal more…show more content…
On February 27, 2012 in Chardon, Ohio, “Thomas "T. J." Lane, 17, took a Rugger MK III .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a knife to Chardon High School and fired ten shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table. Three students died in the attack; a 16-year-old boy died immediately, and two other male students died from their wounds the following day. Three other students were injured. Lane was arrested when he was standing near his car parked near the school, and was charged as an adult with murder, attempted murder, and firearms offenses. In March 2013, he was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole ("List of School Shooting in the United States", 2014).” On December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. “Adam Lanza, aged 20, killed 26 people and himself at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. He first killed his mother at their shared home before taking her guns and driving to the school. Lanza brought four guns with him; A Bushmaster .223 caliber XM15-E2S rifle, a Glock 10mm handgun, a Sig-Sauer P226 9mm handgun, and an Izhmash Saiga-12 12 gauge shotgun which was later found in the trunk of the car and not used in the shootings. [352] during the attack, 20 first-grade children aged six and seven were killed, along with six adults, including four teachers, the principal, and the school psychologist. Two others were injured. Lanza used the Bushmaster
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