On Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, our country’s school shooting count for the past 18 months rose to 52.
There have been 144 school shootings since 2013, which averages out to about one school shooting a week.
This past Friday, our country couldn’t even make it one day without two shootings, leaving two people dead in two separate events.
President Barack Obama spoke after the Oct. 1 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, sharing the terrifying statistics that school shootings are now killing more Americans than Parkinson’s, hypertension, liver disease and cirrhosis, therefore making it the 13th leading cause of death in America.
There have been shootings at preschools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and now even at fraternities.
We have heard it on the news every single week and we say, “Aww, not again,” or, “How sad,” but at what point do we start to become a proactive country and to try to stop this?
When do these shootings stop becoming tragedies and start becoming evidence?
I think it’s about time to approach this crisis from a new angle.
We speak about school shootings from a moral position, but that sort of anger will get us nowhere.
What our country really needs is a definitive public policy, providing money, research, time and effort into the protection of our country’s innocent people every single day of the year.
The first step should be to limit the availability of weapons.
This means restricting how guns are carried and who is able to purchase weapons as well as making guns harder to find.
In order to do this, I believe that we should be performing background checks on everyone who lives with a gun owner.
Doing background checks on the gun buyer only is going to do nothing; most of the time, the person actually executing the school shooting isn’t the one who owns the gun.
A federal waiting period on gun purchases should also be mandatory, along with safety training and lessons.
The training should be used to make sure that the buyer is purchasing the gun for the correct reasons.
The best way to guarantee these protective measures will probably be through a public health policy, since Congress can’t seem to make any progress on something so pressing that is affecting our own people.
The above suggestions come from my opinion that we as a country are never going to be able to completely prohibit the use of guns outside of militia.
Because of factors such as the Second Amendment, our omnipresent army and the lack of safety around our neighborhoods, the prohibition of all guns will probably never exist, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t put in our best efforts to make sure that the people receiving the guns are using them for the correct purposes.
We need to make sure that the guns we sell will never enter the hands of someone who wants to use it for the wrong purposes.
My anger for this stems from the lack of anger exhibited by many politicians.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, there was a Democratic televised debate, and I am anxious to hear what topics were and weren’t discussed.
During the last two debates, the candidates barely touched gun policy, but they had a field day with Donald Trump’s fake tan.
I truly do not understand why our country is sitting back and letting this election ignore such vital topics that affect our neighbors and children.
It’s time to wake up, realize that our country is literally killing itself and become proactive.
We should worry less about every single person’s safety in every single country around the globe, and start acknowledging the fact that our own people and children aren’t safe in schools.
The safety of our nation’s people should become more pressing than a candidate’s toupee.