One of the most horrific trends in American history is continuing to occur at alarming rates. On the 14th of November 2019, another shooting took place in an American school, this time at Saugus High School in California.
I have become numb, and I am sure many other people feel the same way. The death of children at any time is heart-breaking, but when it occurs at a place of education, it could have been prevented, and the child is at its most vulnerable, that feeling of brokenness moves towards anger.
For my perspective on the gun crisis in America as an outsider, please click this link where I talk about the issue more broadly: https://thelevinelowdown.com/2019/08/12/america-and-guns/
This recent attack highlights the power of guns to cause irreparable damage. The attacker was able to shoot 5 classmates and himself within 16 seconds. Also, the attacker was only 16.
There is no defence to this crime other than making the carrying of guns as illegal.
No security guard can stop this attack.
No armed teacher can stop this attack.
No introduction of the death penalty can stop this attack.
The only thing which will stop innocent lives being killed and young people holding weapons are if they are declared illegal.
According to a Washington Post analysis, this shooting marks the 5th in American schools this year. It also states that over 230,000 schoolchildren have been exposed to gun violence in American schools since 1999. These shootings affect everyone. Every victim, bystander, family and community.
Moreover, as of writing, no motive for the attack has been found. Once again demonstrating that no investigative bodies would have been able to stop this shooting occurring.
One of the students who was present at the scene exclaimed these frightening words:
“My worst nightmare actually came true…This is it. I’m going to die.”
Those are the words of a 16-year-old girl who should be peacefully gaining an education but will now be scarred for life and fearful for what her future holds.
Guns or people. For me, the answer is obvious. Maybe I will never understand why for others the decision is so difficult to make.