One of the recent incidents in USA has not only greatly affected those involved, but is raising questions and discussions all over the world. I am, of course, talking about the mass school shooting in Florida on February 14th.
What I find alarming that this year alone, there have already been 17 or 18 gun incidents at schools in the US. That’s about two incidents per week. According to CNN, eight of these incidents resulted in victims dead or injured (not including the shooter). The discussions mainly revolve around firearm legislation.
One of the greatest responses has been from the students who have fallen victims to these shootings. They are bravely speaking up, calling out politicians and other public figures on their poor principles. If you haven’t yet heard the speech of Emma Gonzales, you really should check it out. The students have planned a national march against gun violence, determined to be the last victims of these shootings. They have taken the chance to make their voices heard. Truly inspiring. #MarchForOurLives #NeverAgain
We certainly do not understand why it should be harder to make plans with friends on weekends than to buy an automatic or semi-automatic weapon. In Florida, to buy a gun you do not need a permit, you do not need a gun license, and once you buy it you do not need to register it. You do not need a permit to carry a concealed rifle or shotgun. You can buy as many guns as you want at one time.
– Emma Gonzalez
One of the most disturbing responses on the other hand, has been debate on arming teachers and staff to be able to stop school shooters more effectively. Not something I would want to hear as a future teacher. How about preventing the incidents from happening altogether?
Instead of matching violence with violence, what should be done is addressing the challenges of the educational field. Reducing class sizes and providing educational institutions with enough resources, enough well-trained professionals to be able to meet students as individuals and to prevent anyone from not being noticed. To prevent desolation, seclusion and reduce the possibility of mental illness. Those are the tools needed to provide a safe environment for children to learn in. Because violence is never the answer.