Gun Control In Schools

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The first known school related shootings happened January 30th, 1968 at Miami Jackson High School. There were four shootings that year; five people were killed while 29 were wounded. In 2015 we saw 15 school shootings occur, along with nine deaths and 26 wounded.

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In 2018 there has been the most frequent amount of school shootings from january 1st, 2018 to May 18, 2018, there have been 11 school shootings with 33 deaths and 55 wounded (Jason Cato). The question that the federal and state governments have been asking is how to fix the issue of school shootings in America. I do not believe that there is an ultimate solution because 60 percent of mass shootings are done by people with mental illnesses (Metzel and MacLeish), but there are definitely ways to bring that number down and arming teachers within schools is a good start.

A large occurence that has stressed the people to care more about policies regarding guns is false reporting of gun violence. An organization called Everytown for Gun Safety reported that in the first 18 weeks of 2018, there were 18 school shootings – there were five (John Woodrow Cox and Steven Rich). Many Americans believed this statistic to be true, including Bernie Sanders, Cher, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, The New York Daily News, and almost every other news channel you can think of. The reason they can get away with this is by their view of what school shootings are, they say that any discharging from a firearm in the school property is considered a threat to that schools safety, and therefore a school shooting. At a Michigan high school someone fired several rounds during a basketball game from a gun in the parking lot after school hours;

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