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An Elementary School Nightmare

Scared children wait single file earlier today.

Scared children wait single file earlier today.

Molly Stazzone, News Editor

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Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Colorado Cinema, and now Sandy Hook School in Newtown. What do all of these places have in common? These places and their communities have been destroyed by massive shoot outs from deranged gunman.

On Dec. 14, 27 people died because a man named Adam Lenza, a troubled 20-year-old from Hoboken, New Jersey came into the school around 9:30 a.m. His mother reportedly worked at the school, where she was shot and killed. Lenza was pronounced dead after state police and S.W.A.T teams arrived.

This horrific event is the second most massive shooting in U.S. history. ABC News is comparing this tragedy to 9/11 and I agree. Whenever someone kills other person(s) it is a tragedy. However, young lives were shortly stopped all at the same time. On 9/11 lives were lost instantly when two plains collided into the North and South Towers.

Of those 27 people killed 20 of them were children. They were between the ages of 5-10. President Obama gave an emotional speech about the massacre later today. He said most of the victims were children, ‘They had their entire lives ahead of them, their birthdays, graduations, weddings etc…’ He said he will do the same thing parents across the nation will do, and that is hug their children a little tighter tonight.

For me the problem is gun control. Why does a 20-year-old (not even legal to by a gun) need a gun? Why do people sell guns to random people pretty much everyday? I think people who sell guns as a living should do a complete back ground check, the same back ground check police officers and FBI agents do. If that doesn’t work then I think guns should be illegal to obtain or possess.

Last Summer James Holmes shot 12 people at a midnight showing of The Dark Night Rises in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. He was arrested and is on trial. This event was also caused by gun control. I don’t think people should live their live in fear because a few troubled individuals express their anger and their violence in public areas. I do agree people should be more cautious to whom they associate themselves with.

To the parents of the children who survived the massive shooting I can only imagine how grateful they must feel to see and hug them. I cannot compare their emotion to mine, but I am also thankful that most of children in the school were save. I cannot express any comparison with parents who lost their kids today. All I can say I am truly sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and our family.


4 Responses to “An Elementary School Nightmare”

  1. Jeremy on December 14th, 2012 9:09 pm

    The way the gun laws work for handguns is quite extensive in Connecticut. The bad things that happen are all illegally done. Before you start pressing the gun laws please understand them to begin with.

    First off the shooter was 20. In order to purchase a handgun, the legal age is 21, second, you have to take a through corse as well as demonstrate using a handgun. Then you can submit the paperwork to apply for a permit, that is when the local as well as state police take fingerprints and go a full back ground check, if you farted they know about it. It is then their jurisdiction to issue the permit. Then you may purchase a handgun which is then on file with the state and ATF.

    I am sure buying an illegal gun is probably just as easy as buying a bag of weed nowadays. If you have to buy an illegal, unregistered weapon, that means you can’t do it legit and you have something to hide, also you are a coward.

    My heart goes out to all the family’s who were impacted by this. I have a young son and anotherone on the way and I count my blessings every minute of every day and my right as an American to bear arms.

  2. dezhana rainey on December 14th, 2012 11:37 pm

    i want to know why? and why couldnt he kill himself in New Jersey and theirJUST KIDS!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Sam on December 15th, 2012 12:38 am

    Why is it that all these shootings take place in “gun free zones.”

    Why can’t we arm and train teachers as a safeguard and deterent to this? Sociopaths don’t open fire on people they fear will return fire.

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