Sadly, school shootings seem to becoming more and more of a trend ever since the Columbine shooting almost twenty years ago. School shootings have resulted to teens feeling unsafe in school, and have led to an increase of security in high schools. However, one safety measure that has been failed to put into action is the ban of firearms. Students would feel much safer at school knowing that not everyone would have the access to a gun.

Students are feeling a need to get involved by advocating for stricter gun laws by taking part in March For Our Lives. This organization holds rallies and protests throughout the U.S. in pursuit of gun control. One particularly passionate sutdent lost one of her friends in the Parkland shooting. She said that by getting involved with March For Our Lives, she found her political voice. “All you need to do is vote for people you believe will work on these issues, and if they don’t work the way they should, then it is your responsibility to call them, organize a town hall and demand that they show up — hold them accountable”, she states. She encourages everyone to get involved in politics to create change.

The ‘domino effect” of school shootings only continues, and students aren’t the only people upset. Celebrities are also taking a stance. Kesha write and preformed and wrote a song after the Parkland shooting in 2018. The song is called Safe and was written by her and her younger brother, Sage Sabert. The lyrics were about safety as a bare minimum requirement from going to school. “I don’t wanna be a moment of silence, I don’t wanna be an early grave, When I’m walking through the halls, I don’t wanna be brave, I just wanna be safe,” they sing. Students who leave for school every day should expect to return home every day. This also shows how celebrities can use their platforms to influence others.

Overall, school shootings have been growing in rapid popularity in the U.S.. It is universally agreed that we cannot afford to lose more lives to gun violence in schools. From students to celebrities, people are taking a stand against gun violence.


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  1. Joseph 2 years ago

    I think this is a good article and strives to get an important point across. I personally think that mental health is an issue that needs to be tended to first. Banning guns will not stop someone with a strong will to do malice. More than a half million guns are stolen each year, according to Giffords Law Center, and then sold. Although banning weapons sounds like an effective idea in the process of stopping school shootings, I think we, as Americans, have a priority to first help the mentally ill.

  2. Jasmine 2 years ago

    This is a very well put together paper. I like the many details that you put in to get the perspective and students that were actually in a shooting. But I would have to disagree with “Students feeling safer if everyone had gun,”

  3. Jake 2 years ago

    I’m gonna have to disagree with you. First off, never use absolutes when it comes to politics. Saying phrases like “Students would feel much safer knowing not everyone has access to a gun” is not statistically accurate. Also, not everyone has access to a gun. Completely banning firearms or regulating them in any way is a very bad idea. If you don’t believe me, look to Chicago, Great Britain, Australia. These places have highly restricted gun laws in the world, yet the gun and violent crime rates are going straight up. Banning firearms, or even merely regulating them is not the answer. Gun deaths (including suicides) in America per-year is around 33,000. Take our suicides and it’s around 11,000. Now, compare that to the lives saved by a firearm per-year in America is around 500,000-3 million according to the CDC. While gun violence may seem like a big issue, taking these firearms away from law-abiding citizens is a horrid idea that will only hurt us more.

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