When Is Enough, Enough?

Section Editor: Avery Adams

Informing my boss that we need to put our flag at half-staff because we had not one, but two mass shootings in a day was an eye opener. Not only has it become common for the process of lowering the flag to happen, it’s become something that we as Americans are used to.

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Let that sink in for a moment. We are used to the need to lower the flag to half-staff. We are used to the massacres that happen. We are used to innocent men women and children being slaughtered in the comfort of their own schools, stores, and places of work.

There were 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  There have been close to 3,000 people killed since 9/11 in mass shootings.

When is enough, enough?

The person responsible for the shooting in Dayton, Ohio who claimed the life of 9 people, one being his sister, was previously accused of multiple things. He was said to have a “hit list”, he was also brought in multiple times by the police for questioning based off concerns of other students.

According to CNN he reposted a tweet, the night of the El Paso shooting that read “Millennials have a message for the Joe Biden generation: hurry up and die.”

How was this person able to so easily walk into a public area and open fire? How come people in other countries are so heavily monitored, yet we don’t put the same resources towards the same problem right here in our backyard?

Currently there is no government organization that is responsible for dealing with domestic terrorism. It’s left for the FBI, local, state investigators and officers to combat and handle this issue.

Currently under the First Amendment, the law enforcement responsible are stuck using a spoon where a shovel is necessary.

This isn’t an issue of just guns. So long as there’s a trigger to pull, someone will try to pull it. Banning the guns will not get rid of the guns. According to the Small Arms Survey, there are 120.5 guns per 100 people in the United States.

“Gun control is only an issue, so long as there is someone with ill intentions,” Noah Myers, senior.

But someone with ill intentions, such as all the previous shooters, will find a way to obtain a weapon. Banned or not.

The Second Amendment protects our rights, as citizens of the United States, to bear arms. To own and possess weapons on our persons. And so long as that isn’t abused it works. It’s the abuse of that Amendment they caused the issue.

People who raise concerns, show signs of mental instability, or simply make threats to other people should be monitored. At the very least just a little more closely than we do now.

And not only should they be monitored. Our law enforcement agencies should have the ability to act and prevent more shootings from happening. Red flag laws should be normal, not a rarity.

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Photo Credit: KIRK MITCHELL, KIERAN NICHOLSON, ELISE SCHMELZER

Teenagers shouldn’t have to go to school scared, for fear that a fellow classmate will show up one day with a gun.

Elementary students shouldn’t have to see their friends, and teachers be shot and killed in front of them. Because some people are too worried that a background check is “too much”. Or that taking one individual’s guns is a front on everyone’s rights.

“No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do… all of us have to send a clarion call and behave with the values of tolerance and diversity that should be the hallmark of our democracy. We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feed a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments,” former president Barack Obama.

Comments

  1. While I agree with most of what you said, the arguments made are rather scattered and unsupported. The mentions of monitoring the mentally ill are quickly dropped, and the next mention of proposed gun control is background checks. It leaves both feeling unsupported and underdeveloped. It’d be better to focus purely on the culture surrounding the fear of mass shootings w/out the arguments for specific policy measures, as currently they distract from the overall message. Otherwise, elaborate your arguments and connect them more to the cultural topic. Praise where praise is due, you do a very good job at expressing the emotions and frustrations of our generation (I particularly love the repetition of questions at the beginning).

    Side note like if anyone on the writing team doesn’t want me commenting on their stuff just let me know and I won’t (unless I can’t help it lol)

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