Staff Pick

Should the U.S. implement stricter gun laws? Would stricter laws prevent school shootings?

Largim Zhuta:
The same question comes every time following the events of a mass shooting. Stricter laws won’t prevent school shootings, one would have to be extremely naive to believe that. The only thing implementing stricter gun laws would do is grant people a false sense of security. One thing that an overwhelming majority of citizens (both Democrats and Republicans) can agree on is having universal background checks for purchasing guns.
That being said, stopping guns won’t stop the problem, even with the universal background checks. The Las Vegas shooter was a perfectly normal, law-abiding citizen on paper, no check would have weeded him out. Guns haven’t changed considerably in the past two decades, but something regarding mentally deranged people has. Some aspect of our society is unknowingly creating more unstable individuals who believe it is ok to act out in such manners.

Chanell Browne:
The U.S has had an excessive amount of shootings, not only in schools but at concerts, live events, celebrations, and all sorts of events and places. So should the U.S implement stricter gun laws? My answer is yes, absolutely. It would reduce the amount of people who have access to guns. Which obviously, would be a smart idea. In my opinion I think that stricter laws would prevent not only school shootings, but other shootings as well. People shouldn’t just be allowed to just go and buy a gun without having a background check or any other resources to prove they aren’t a threat.
Nobody really understands why someone would be so cruel to shoot at a crowd full of people or a school. And there’s no way to prevent those sick minds from having those thoughts and ideas. But preventing the freedom of having easy access to guns can be changed. And at this point, it needs to be.

Rosie Kacenas:
Not only guns are to blame for the plethora of mass shootings the U.S. has had this year. I think that even if we implemented stricter gun laws, mentally unstable people would find another way to cause harm. That being said, guns are far more capable of causing mass-destruction than a knife. I think that background checks should be required of everyone purchasing a gun, and there should definitely be legislature passed banning bump stocks and other alterations to make guns able to hurt more people. There isn’t a way to completely get rid of people using guns to hurt people – but there are measures that can be taken to help prevent it. Any decision Congress makes will upset one group or the other, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and safety comes first. No one really knows what needs to happen, but at this point anything is better than nothing.

Richard Stuart:
I definitely think the U.S. should implement stricter guns laws. There is no reason why any U.S. citizen would ever need to have an assault rifle such as the AR 15 that was used during the school shooting in Florida. The first step the government needs to take to prevent school shooting is to implement stricter gun laws and ban assault rifles. The government should  allow rifles for hunting only, and require background checks on anyone that wants to purchase a weapon, and no felons or people with past violent criminal records should be able to purchase a weapon.
Although there is no certain way to tell if someone is going to shoot up a school or a concert stricter gun laws would help prevent people from acquiring guns to do so.

Hannah Maxwell:
I don’t see any downsides to implementing stricter gun laws. I’m not naive enough to believe that requiring licenses and backgrounds checks for firearms will solve all of our problems but I do think it would be a step in the right direction. Honestly what civilian needs to own an AR or rounds and rounds of ammunition.
In order to stop school shootings we will have to do a lot more than ban the sale of certain guns or make them harder to obtain. It’s a systemic mental health issue that doesn’t have a black and white solution. We’ve all felt alone at one time or another and even then it’s impossible to imagine how bad you have to feel to resort to that kind of violence. Obviously they’re guilty of committing the crime but aren’t we all guilty of creating a society that causes people to feel this way.  


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