Recent Thoughts on School Safety


Reese Dick

After the Sandy Hook shooting in December of 2012, there have been some behind closed doors debates on gun control.  Some of the questions that arise after this sort of tragedy are whether or not we should make guns illegal or possibly arm teachers for protection during an attack.

    Now, just weeks after the February 14 Parkway shooting in Florida, officials in that state have already passed a bill stating that in order to obtain a gun an individual must be 21 or over and go through a three day waiting period.  The controversial topic brings out strong emotions and multiple opinions on both sides of the debate.

    Some people believe that guns are not the issue, but mental health is.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stated,

    “As you know, mental health is often a big problem underlying these tragedies, we have a system to prevent people who aren’t supposed to get guns from getting guns, and if there are gaps there then we need to look at those gaps.”

    Some of the gaps that are often debated are the lack of background checks at gun shows, the availability of semi-automatic weapons, and the age at which one can obtain a firearm. On the other hand, some would argue that the issue is more about our society’s acceptance of violence than gun.

All in all, everyone’s opinion is different. This is a question of humanity and not politics. Therefore, it is important to keep the conversation open.