Virginia Tech School Shooting Essay

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The Virginia Tech Shooting of April 2007 was a school hooting that took place on a campus located in Blacksburg Virginia. This is considered a technological disaster due to it being an intentional action of man’s inhumanity towards man. A technological disaster is described as a disaster attributed in part or entirely too human intent, error, negligence, or involving a failure of man-made system, resulting in significant injuries or deaths. Not only can this event be judged as a Technological Disaster due to this individual’s human intent, error, and negligence, but also because of failure of a man- made system, due to the Government’s inability to effectively regulate gun control. During this massacre, a senior male shot and killed 32 people and injured 17 others in two separate attacks; before taking his own life. This is considered to be one of the most deadly shootings in US history. Mr. Seung-Hui Cho was the perpetrator of the deadly act and he had been diagnosed with a mental health disorder of severe anxiety. This could have very well been one of the reasons that led up to him committing such a deadly act. I chose this disaster because of the reason events that took place with the children of Sandy Lake Elementary. I was interested to see how the government responded to a similar disaster. In both instances, the mental stability of the gunmen was questioned. Two major issues that our country is facing are gun control laws and mental health. Some citizens that are for the right to bear arms feel that gun don’t kill people, people kill people (NRA). Lillian Rubin stated that people will continue to kill each other even if we ban guns. But all the evidence, not to mention plain common sense, tells us that they can’t do it so efficiently and in such large numbers without the aid of a gun. Although recently President Obama and the National Rifle Association

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