In the light of recent events in South Florida, I want to talk about how school safety and gun management is a problem. Many schools have mandatory school lock downs and practice what to do, but I think school boards should also add how to protect yourself and others in the lock down.
We hide in a safe spot in the classroom, but what do we do when the shooter is in the same room/hallway?
When a threat is present, people revert to the flight or fight response. No one knows what to do in that kind of situation. There should also be cameras at each entrance to make it safer. Schools should teach students how to respond in a safe way that will benefit everyone.
Recently there has been news coverage over “the safest school in America.” At this school, teachers are equipped with buttons that, once pushed, will send an alert to police. The rooms also have a box where students can push to send a notice to police and another where the police will know to come. Students are taught to hide in a corner with a book covering their face in order to protect against bullet debris. In this school, the hallways also have a smoke system in which fog machines go off that temporarily disorient the intruder.
This system cost the school approximately $400,000, but if Sentinel is getting a $22 million remodel, is less than half a million too much to spend to implement for safety measures? Many schools are looking heavily into improving the safety of their students and make sure the staff and kids are prepared. As many victims have said, you’ll never think a shooting will happen until it happens to you.
I have been hearing many people say things about how guns should be regulated. On the other hand, I hear about how the shooters who have the guns are the real problem. Some of these people have mental illnesses which protesters have seemed to use as their counter-argument against gun control.
Guns should be more regulated in the first place. No, I don’t believe it is possible to completely get rid of guns. However, I do believe that there should be very strict rules and background checks for those who are looking to purchase a gun.
I think a mandatory, in depth, training class should be required where the teachers of those classes decide if their students are qualified and mentally stable enough to own a gun.
There is no need for automatic weapons in this world. Those machines are made for war and are made to kill. No hunter would even need an automatic rifle, because it is not like they are looking to shoot their prey 20 times.
Some states have no gun laws at all which makes it easier for people to obtain a gun and do what they please like Florida. The government has made obtaining a gun so easy that school shootings are bound to happen.
It is crazy to think that an 18-year-old can’t purchase alcohol or vote, yet they can purchase a gun with quickness and ease.
Mental illness is only part of the problem. Blaming someone for a chemical imbalance in their brain is not the solution. Yes, we should get mentally ill people help and yes, we should get a better handle on guns. Arguing about who or what to blame won’t help.
When I see people having protests and marching I feel hopeful knowing that people want to change the current gun control laws.
We hear about young children practicing ways to evade and protect themselves against a gun. They shouldn’t have to worry about those types of things at such a young age. We as a nation should not have to worry about keeping each other safe from other humans.