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School shootings shouldn’t be a common occurrence

Valerie Morrice

Valerie Morrice

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When I was in elementary school, I didn’t have to worry about someone coming into my school with an AR-15 and shooting whoever was in their path. If anything, I had to worry about if I was going to get a smiley sticker on my popsicle stick for being a good student that day. It’s 2018 now and children all over the country have to take extra precautions in their schools for fatal shootings that they shouldn’t even be hearing about.

Being a junior in high school, I would never have thought to be having class conversations about school shootings and what we would do if we had one. I would never have expected my teacher to tell me that they will do anything in their power to protect their students. I would never have expected my own President to ignore this issue just to have it progress into something so much worse than before.  Students in America’s schools are fearing for their lives as more school shootings happen in all areas of the country, whether they are big or small, fatalities or no fatalities, elementary or high school. Why does our government and our own President wait so long to solve the problem? It isn’t something that should be put on the back burner anymore, it is something that needs action.

Trump repealed the Obama-era regulation when he joined office which would require the SSA to send information of people with mental disabilities to the National Background Check System, which to me is a pretty good idea but many others found it shocking that Obama would think that all people with a disability were ‘a harm to society’ since mental disability can mean numerous disabilities. Both sides are completely understandable but wouldn’t mental health checks be far more beneficial for us rather than just selling these assault weapons to just anyone? When an individual causes a school shooting, it is almost always proven that they have some sort of disorder which caused them to do these things to these students. Even recently in Florida, the shooter is said to have mental disorders and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

How long are our political leaders going to keep pushing these problems to the side? America is angry and wants something done. Students are causing uproars and Walk-Outs to protest against these inefficient gun laws because a school shooting can happen anywhere now. The continuous broken promises from our President of action over the last few months is now becoming unacceptable, how can someone who we are supposed to put our trust in ignore such a horrible situation for so long? Something has to be done so I don’t have to walk into my school with a constant guard up in fear of someone walking in, with a gun and opening fire into my hallway. We are tired of our voices being ignored and if something isn’t done, the more common a school shooting will be in America.

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50 Responses to “School shootings shouldn’t be a common occurrence”

  1. student on March 8th, 2018 11:53 am

    school shootings shouldn’t even be a rare occurrence

  2. nice on March 8th, 2018 12:04 pm

    School shootings were just as common when you were an elementary schooler. Just because you became aware of the issue recently doesn’t mean it just now became an issue. When I was 5 I didn’t worry about paying my taxes, so I shouldn’t pay them, right?

  3. A Nice Dude on March 8th, 2018 12:34 pm

    I like it dude that’s really well put, and you bring up good points, but what about how Barbera Streisand cloned her dog?

  4. nice on March 8th, 2018 1:26 pm

    Yeah, I think it’s a real issue that the mainstream media would never cover. I think the dog cloning process is very dangerous to so many Americans. Soon enough there will be dog cloning plants on every street corner, which will inevitably make dogs irrelevant. I think action must be taken to curb dog cloning in this country.

  5. Teh Epic Duck of Doom on March 8th, 2018 12:54 pm

    That’s a really poor fitting analogy, and considering the average shoot shootings for the ENTIRE YEAR from 2006-2009 was around 8, and we’ve had 12 these 3 months of the year alone, I think more students have to worry now than back then.

  6. прямой белый самец on March 8th, 2018 1:23 pm

    school shootings are barely a problem though, they make a very very VERY small percentage of total homicides which is why we should focus on inner cities

  7. axiet on March 8th, 2018 2:19 pm

    “shoot shootings”
    “the ENTIRE YEAR from 2006-2009”

    Please reword that.



  8. Gilberto Rosado on March 13th, 2018 7:49 am

    I just saw the link that you posted and I have never seen so many bad things happen on the news just like 5 maybe. But this shows from the 2002 all the way to 2008 or 09

  9. axiet on March 16th, 2018 7:14 am

    It’s a timeline of school shootings it goes back to 1966. You can still count shootings that happened in 2006 to 2009…

    “Clarification: An earlier version of this timeline omitted several significant shootings that have taken place at colleges and other schools since the 1960s.”

    This is literally the first sentence in the timeline.

  10. trumpnation on April 6th, 2018 12:27 pm

    all the lefties with the false facts

  11. a on March 8th, 2018 3:32 pm

    You know a majority of school shootings and gun crime happen in gun free zones right?

  12. Mary on March 8th, 2018 12:28 pm

    School shootings aren’t a common occurrence. As far as I know, 10 years old aren’t crying and scared and school right now. And I’m sure they aren’t crying and scared to go to popular places and landmarks in fear of a terrorist attack. And I’m also sure they aren’t afraid to go to the movie theater in fear of once again, danger.

  13. darkstripe on March 8th, 2018 8:41 pm

    it doesn’t matter if it’s common or not; it should not be an occurrence at all.

  14. прямой белый самец on March 9th, 2018 7:13 am

    saying that it shouldn’t be a common occurrence doesn’t solve the problem

  15. darkstripe on March 12th, 2018 9:18 am

    i’m saying it shouldn’t be an occurence. i wasn’t trying to state a solution, i was simply countering the first person brushing off the issue by saying it isn’t common. my solution is simple: use the same system australia uses.

  16. mae strip tywyll yn anabl on March 19th, 2018 7:44 am

    Yes use the system Australia uses and have violent crime go up 68% after you ban guns, then wait for it to go down again when citizens start purchasing black market weapons. Honestly people is it that hard to do twenty seconds worth of research before you share a brain numbing opinion?

  17. Mike on March 8th, 2018 1:03 pm

    Well put.

  18. прямой белый самец on March 8th, 2018 1:20 pm

    ok, to be frank, school shootings aren’t even that big of a problem. from mass shootings alone, not even just school shootings, produced 590 deaths while Chicago produced almost 90 more deaths in the same year, just in one city. The tragedy is there, but it’s not as big of an issue as people procure it to be. I appreciate your touch on the mental health thing, which where the true problem lies, not guns. and people are trying to ban ar-15s for other reasons other than mass shootings. the Columbine shooters didn’t even use an assault rifle and most mass shootings are from using handguns but whenever an AR-15 is used in a shooting it is highly publicized over a handgun shooting because of the left’s agenda to remove assault format rifles from the people. AR-15s are hardly the problem of the matter as the facts tell.

  19. Killian Kenny on March 8th, 2018 1:29 pm

    Honestly I’m disturbed that we now have to put our investments into bullet-proof backpacks and armed guards on school grounds. Why can’t we just fix the problem from where it stems? Why does the NRA continue to protect gun laws that ALLOW for these attacks to happen. And finally, how many of us need to DIE before America takes action against these attacks?! Honestly, I’ve had enough as it is. I’m going on that walk out and I will make my voice, classmates’ voice(s), and the voice(s) of the people who have already been slain heard: “No More!”

  20. Caleb Berry, a proud patriot on March 9th, 2018 7:19 am

    The NRA doesn’t allow for school shootings, and they cant protect people from school shootings either, that’s on us. Read the links i will post below Killian.

  21. Blitz on March 9th, 2018 7:48 am

    Whoa, man. You got pretty intense on those last 3 sentences. Try to bring it down a notch.

  22. прямой белый самец on March 9th, 2018 9:08 am

    If you really think that disbanding the NRA or banning AR-15s will solve the problem, you are sorely mistaken because the facts prove that doing so will only result in more crime, the detriment outweighs the benefit. For example, the state with the strongest gun laws (California) also has the highest murder rate per capita. as well as the fact that DGU (defensive gun uses) are at a 6:1 ratio of gun deaths and that’s using the lowest estimate possible for DGU (some estimates go as high as 2.5 million). then imagine the unreported DGUs as well. The NRA is not a terrorist organization as people say, they are supporting the well minded, law-abiding citizens to take up arms against those who want to do harm, foreign and domestic, as written in our constitution. Limiting guns will only hurt the ones who follow the law because of the massive black market for guns that only criminals access. The problem is neither the NRA or modern sporting rifles but rather the ill-minded and mentally unstable criminals. the police and FBI were tipped off multiple times about Nikolas Crus, yet did nothing to stop him. the issue doesn’t lie at guns but rather mismanagement and ignorance, and those who refuse to defend themselves.

  23. some guy on March 14th, 2018 8:55 am

    OK hold up,
    The NRA doesn’t really “protect” gun laws. They may endorse guns but that’s their right because of the 2nd amendment. I’m not the biggest fan of the 2nd amendment but it’s an amendment.

  24. unkown on March 8th, 2018 1:40 pm

    Trump should actually DEBATE on the issue instead of ignoring it

  25. Ryan on March 8th, 2018 1:59 pm

    How about they make everyone in middle school take a class on disarming armed threats

  26. mae strip tywyll yn anabl on March 8th, 2018 2:06 pm

    It’s funny because this article immediately destroys its credibility in the title. School shootings are incredibly rare, not to mention the only people with a mass of complaints on the issue are edgy teens that provide no valid solution to the issue. If you are going to complain, provide a solution, if not, be quiet. School shooting is an extremely vague clause, for example in one of the left-wing propaganda posts such as MSNBC, it stated there had been “18 school shootings in 2018. ” This counted things such as the accidental discharge of an officers firearm that injured nobody, and a suicide that occurred in the parking lot of a school that had been closed for 7 months. People should not talk about topics they know nothing about. Teens need to do some research and provide a valid solution, not whine and complain because that is what they are doing right now. No snowflake, repealing the 2nd Amendment is not a solution.

  27. прямой белый самец on March 9th, 2018 9:21 am


  28. darkstripe on March 8th, 2018 8:39 pm

    ‘well, it isn’t a common occurrence”
    it shouldn’t be an occurrence at all. i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: just because it “isn’t a common occurrence” doesn’t mean it’s an issue that should be fixed. say 1 in one hundred thousand people have a terrible type of cancer. well it doesn’t happen to the other 99,999 people so we should ignore it, right? wrong.
    on average, two dozen children are shot by gunfire every day.
    this shouldn’t be a common occurrence. it shouldn’t be a rare occurrence.
    two dozen innocent children should have to face a bullet every day just so the NRA can make money and people can have “their god-given right”. inner-city violence should not have to happen every day so the NRA can make money and people can have their “god-given right”. 96 americans shouldn’t have to die every day just so the NRA can make money and people can have their “god-given right”.
    the sandy hook school shooting took place on december 14th, 2012.
    twenty children between six and seven years old, as well as six staff members, were killed by a lone gunman.
    these children were six and seven years old. they will never graduate. they will never marry, they will never live to see the world grow and change around them. they will never go to their senior proms, they will never choose a major in college, they will never know anything more past that day in december just over five years ago.
    imagine, for a second, being the parent of a child killed in this senseless act. burying the very being you gave life to. the being who you guarded so carefully from the day they were born, cared for every day of their life, and bid them goodbye as you sent them off to school- what you knew to be a safe place- only to learn hours later they would never return. imagine the pain and heartbreak, the intense grief, the weeping. imagine.
    now, imagine seeing a man disregarding it, defending the idea that people should own the very same weapon that killed your child. imagine seeing, as the years go by, more shootings just like the one that killed your child. and imagine being told that it isn’t a rare occurrence so it shouldn’t have so much attention.
    and all it took for these twenty children, twenty wonderful souls with so much to learn, to perish was a man with a gun.
    it may not be a common occurrence. but it shouldn’t be an occurrence at all.
    and if this is your idea of a right, a right written two hundred years ago where the only gun a man could have was a slow rifle with a poor aim, then i don’t know how to convince you.
    i’ll end my long-winded speech on this with a news title from the onion: “‘no way to prevent this’, says only nation where this regularly happens”.
    every time a shooting happens, all they have to do is change the names, the number killed, and the location.
    after all, there is no way to prevent this- says the only nation where it regularly happens.

  29. Voice Of the Aristocracy on March 9th, 2018 7:36 am

    You literally just repeated the same thing over and over again.

  30. darkstripe on March 9th, 2018 12:50 pm

    that’s my point. it seems to be my last resort to convincing you all that school shooting should never be an occurrence at all even if they are not as common as the title implies.

  31. Voice Of the Aristocracy on March 14th, 2018 10:37 am

    I think its just because you literally have no other valid argument. You also did the same thing in one of the Girl Talk articles by just repeatedly saying Tax the rich more (Which is a foolhardy solution). if you’re gonna come on here and have a civilized debate at least use different points.

  32. прямой белый самец on March 9th, 2018 12:25 pm

    ok, first of all, you provided very little motive that entire paragraph, otherwise what are you trying to say? you had very little facts, no solution to the problem, and too much feeling. what I can infer about the part you wrote last is that you are trying to repeal the second amendment because it was created around a time where we only had flintlock rifles. look at it this way, what did our enemy have during the revolutionary war? and what did the colonists have during the revolutionary war? the same thing. just because it was created back then doesn’t mean its ineffective today. The constitution was created for the future we are living in

  33. darkstripe on March 9th, 2018 6:00 pm

    i don’t think the second amendment would be completely repealed per se. it has a good idea behind it but is used an excuse for far too many things. but here’s the thing: sure, a simple rifle is effective enough, but if it’s effective, then the only reason an AR-15 and guns similar to it in power should be used is in war. an assault rifle should not be owned by a man if a rifle will do the same thing.

  34. Caleb Berry, a proud patriot on March 9th, 2018 7:19 am
  35. Elizabeth on March 9th, 2018 12:56 pm

    THanks for spelling Valerie’s last name Right

  36. darkstripe on March 12th, 2018 1:52 pm

    before y’all say the reason chicago has so many shootings is because of its gun control let me say this:
    indiana is right next to chicago.
    indiana also sells guns and does not have strong gun control.
    so people just drive to indiana, buy the guns, and drive back, and there they go. if indiana also had strong gun control i can say chicago would be much less violent than it is now.
    it’s not the gun control, it’s the guns here that are the problem

  37. Ya boi on March 13th, 2018 1:07 pm

    I disagree, there will always be some sort of black market for firearms, and even a blanket gun ban would not dry up the supply of guns in chicago. Ultimately any sort of regulation or bans on firearms only take them away from lawful people, not gangbangers.

  38. Voice Of the Aristocracy on March 14th, 2018 10:42 am

    Is that why Texas has one of the lowest crime rates in the country? Because their gun control laws are some of the laxest and they have had one shooting this year which by the way was stopped by a guy with the assault rifles you liberals are trying to take away. The point is the stats with lax gun control laws are safer and statistically have lower crime rates. This is because no guy with a gun would try to shoot up a school because he knows he’ll get shot by the 10 other good people around who do have guns.

  39. Someone Educated on March 19th, 2018 9:58 am

    You made yourself sound stupid. A person will find a way to commit a crime, with your logic say guns are banned in the entire country(which will never happen) someone will go to another country buy a weapon illegally come back and commit a crime. So your example doesn’t make any sense and you proved yourself wrong. Go back to being in your safe space snowflake.

  40. darkstripe on March 20th, 2018 8:28 am

    i like how this person clearly runs out of things to say so they start calling me a “snowflake” (which isn’t even a good insult anyway). makes you look very educated and well-informed/s

    i’m not saying outright ban guns, but we do need a much stricter gun control. the stricter gun control we have, the less of a chance people will manage to sneak guns into the country.

  41. Someone Educated on March 20th, 2018 9:43 am

    I don’t need to sound educated to someone who isn’t educated on this topic at all. I’m very well informed and gun laws are very strict, it’s the governments fault the Florida school shooting has happened and sadly it won’t be the last but making it harder for citizens with good intent of owning a firearm(which I intend in the coming months since I am 18). The chances are higher when someone who owns a firearm and has good intent and follows the law and is able to stop a criminal from committing such a devastating attack like this. Why make it harder for someone to legally obtain a firearm for self defense while a criminal can do it so easily no matter the law put in place. I would like to hear what you think about how gun control should be handled.

  42. darkstripe on March 21st, 2018 12:16 pm

    1. Well, if you’re so sure about your Intellectual Capability, it would be for the better of everyone (including yourself) that you show it instead of touting the idea of it around like some kind of carnival barker. You’re all talk and no show right now to me.
    2. I suggest we take on a very similar approach to Australia. We would need to modify it due to the difference in gun culture, but overall the idea of regulating every gun strictly and making it necessary to have a legitimate reason (besides “self-protection”). After all, rates of homocide in Australia have taken a sharper dip overall after 1996, the year its current system was introduced. (Source: Again, we’d have to modify it, but it provides a great framework.

    And now, I’d like to see how well-informed you are on the subject, because it seems you’re very proud of it and would enjoy showing me it. After all, I am to you so dumb and unintelligent that maybe you should show me how to have the same plane of intellectuality that you have.

  43. Someone Educated on March 22nd, 2018 9:43 am

    Why are you bringing up Australia? I could care less about their crime. This is America buddy, founded firearms. The problem isn’t weapons, it’s the way society has changed. I don’t need to go pull up a website telling me that another country has lower gun violence. You know how Australia’s model won’t work for the U.S? You will not see several million proud gun owners willing turn in their guns nor will you ever see that happen. I have a great idea for you, how about you move to Australia? seems like just the place for you. America has it’s own culture and love for guns and Australia is scared of guns. Sorry to break the news but you will never be able to change that in this country.

  44. darkstripe on March 22nd, 2018 12:22 pm

    did you not read my post? i said that the australia model should be modified to fit the changes of culture found in america. we have to adapt it for it to work for this country. i showed my source to show that at least i have made sure to check sources and get facts correct before i propose an idea. now, i would like to hear your model of how we should fix this issue. please include more sources than telling me to live in australia, O Great Intellectual One.
    which reminds me: you still didn’t show a bit more of your intelligence. which saddens me, for someone calling themselves Someone Educated i would really enjoy seeing your high levels of education and knowledge. again, you are all talk and no walk.

  45. darkstripe on March 22nd, 2018 12:36 pm

    also: “You will not see several million proud gun owners willing turn in their guns nor will you ever see that happen.” i didn’t say “give away all the guns”, i said “regulate every gun strictly and make it necessary to have a legitimate reason to carry a gun (besides “self-protection”).” it would probably help you if you were willing to listen to the opponent you are trying to debate.

  46. Someone Educated on March 22nd, 2018 2:18 pm
  47. darkstripe on March 23rd, 2018 8:36 am

    Good! You’ve put in a source. But you haven’t put an argument next to it. So I can’t really say much on what you’re trying to argue besides the article you included. Maybe it would help you if you actually had a plan as to what we should do next to it? After all, you wanted to hear my plan, and I want to hear yours.
    Here’s the thing: It is much easier to kill with a gun than it is with a knife. Imagine for a second a man trying to kill with a knife vs a man trying to kill with a gun. Which is easier? As you and your fellow conservatives on this site have said, a school shooter will choose the easiest path to kill, and that would be a gun, not a knife. A man can pull a trigger in a split second; stabbing someone takes much more effort and time.
    Also, the article you supplied is five years old. Maybe try some more recent articles? It would greatly help your argument.
    I have a long argument for you that I’ll put here later; stay tuned. I have been enjoying this correspondence so far.

  48. darkstripe on March 23rd, 2018 12:19 pm

    Here we are, my nice long reply I put together out last night.
    According to the New York Times Article “A Hail Of Bullets A Heap Of Uncertainty”, highly trained New York City police officers have a hit rate of 43% at a distance of zero to six feet. The LAPD has an accuracy of about 40% at zero to six feet. They have trained longer than you have been alive. If some of the best weapons tacticians at the top of their game can’t hit their targets zero to six feet away at least 50 percent of the time, what makes you think you can step in and take on an AR-15? How much time are you going to dedicate to training with your weapon? As a proud supporter of the Second Amendment and a brave American have you already registered with your local well regulated militia and enlisted in the military? Good for you. Because my family has roots back to the colonies in 1590, we fought in the Revolutionary War, my 6x great grandfather joined a militia at 16 years old and was active until he was 21 when we finally became a country- you’re welcome. We fought in the war of 1812, my 4x great grandfather died in the Civil War (on the Union side), My 3rd great Uncle fought in World War I in France with a bayonet on a bicycle (because all of the horses were killed in battle). My 2nd Great Uncle was a highly decorated veteran who battled in WWII and had books written of his valor. He lived riddled with nazi shrapnel for over 75 years. Do you want to know what he told me? What he fought for? He fought so that we don’t have to. He hoped our generation would be smart enough not to kill each other. That maybe, someday, humanity would be better, more civilized, more compassionate, and more empathetic than that. I am a fierce advocate for equity and human rights. I embrace diversity, I respect others. I am courageously compassionate. And I deserve to be safe while receiving a public education. I want my classmates to be safe. I want my teachers to be safe. I want you to be safe. So, don’t mock me for being delicate. If I am a snowflake, I am one tough red-blooded American Snowflake and I am not alone. So go ahead and grab your coat. Winter’s coming.

    Have a nice break! 🙂

  49. Critical Thinker on March 25th, 2018 7:21 pm

    Even if all the gun control measures they are asking for get adopted at all levels of government, there would only be, at best, a marginal improvement in the odds of a mass-shooting occurring at any particular school. At worse, the odds might increase if schools chose to ignore improving security, extend gun-free zones and become even softer targets. The thing obviously lacking in the “solutions” being demanded by students is critical thinking. The whole gun-control lobby seems to live in a fantasy land where they think better background checks and assault-rifle bans would somehow solve or even make a significant dent in the problem. The most practical improvements to limit school shootings would be for better school security to deter and respond quickly to shooters. Also, improvements in anti-bullying campaigns could help insure that less mass-shooters get created in the first place.

  50. frank on November 13th, 2018 7:52 pm

    at the end of the day riffle crime is 1 percent of all gun crime so stop trying to demonize the ar 15 when you know nothing about it (it is not a assault rifle). and the amount of people killed in gun violence is nothing compared to those who used guns defensively. also the right to bear arms in order to protect from the government is not overruled by a couple thousand people dying every year.

    what would you pick 350,000,000 people being able to protect themselves or a couple thousand people dying

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