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LET’S USE OUR “ARMS” TO EMBRACE THE VICTIMS OF MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH

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LET’S USE OUR “ARMS” TO EMBRACE THE VICTIMS OF MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was invaded by an armed former student on Feb.14th. The shooter, who is now in custody, took the lives of 17 students and staff members. Following the tragedy, many people have taken to social media to advocate for strict gun laws and heightened security in schools.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was invaded by an armed former student on Feb.14th. The shooter, who is now in custody, took the lives of 17 students and staff members. Following the tragedy, many people have taken to social media to advocate for strict gun laws and heightened security in schools.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was invaded by an armed former student on Feb.14th. The shooter, who is now in custody, took the lives of 17 students and staff members. Following the tragedy, many people have taken to social media to advocate for strict gun laws and heightened security in schools.

"MarjoryStonemandDouglasHS22Jun2008" by Formulanone is licensed under public domain

"MarjoryStonemandDouglasHS22Jun2008" by Formulanone is licensed under public domain

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was invaded by an armed former student on Feb.14th. The shooter, who is now in custody, took the lives of 17 students and staff members. Following the tragedy, many people have taken to social media to advocate for strict gun laws and heightened security in schools.

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There is an evil presence that weighs heavily on our developing generation. A presence that we can not scare away or subside. This presence is here to stay, and we are willingly equipping it with arms.

Columbine High, Sandy Hook Elementary, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High; the list of schools that have turned into crime scenes continues endlessly, and will carry forward until our country initiates change. The unthinkable has become a pattern; it is no longer unthinkable, but familiar. Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization that analyzes gun violence and school shootings, reported that since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012, there have been 200 school shooting incidents.This averages out to around one school shooting per week.

Alyssa Alhadeff, Nicholas Dworet, Jaime Guttenberg; each one of these children, along with 14 other victims, had dreams and plans. They had lessons to learn and people to reach. They had lives to live and contributions to make to the world. They were studying for tests, shopping for prom dresses, and expecting to see the next day.

There is a dark cloud that rests over our country, and the American population has had a number of reactions.  It is wrong to humanize the shooter, or to argue that he fell victim to mental health obstacles. It is wrong to sweep the evident issue under the rug, or establish a motive. There is no justification for this. We need to destroy the roots of this horrid weed. We must refuse to bury them; if we plant them, they will only grow.

According to an analysis by Texas State University and the State University of New York, in the United States as well as 13 other countries, there have been 166 mass shootings between the years 2000 and 2014. Out of those shootings, 133 took place in the United States. The corruption is unmistakably present, and it is imperative that we acknowledge the severity of this issue.

 

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