How many more school massacres have to happen in order to do something concrete to prevent them?

Due to the immediate reactions of President Donald Trump and the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, the 17 dead in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is not acceptable in any way.

Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 to date there have been 239 incidents involving firearms where 438 people were shot and 138 were killed, according to the Gun Violence Archive. In the past five months, three of the worst 10 incidents were recorded. In just seven weeks of 2018 there were already eight school incidents with at least one dead or one injured.

It is outrageous that before each massacre the reaction is diverted from the permissive laws for the acquisition of weapons when all these cases have a common factor: an armed individual.

You can find many reasons why the person decides to kill people around them., but the formula is usually the same, a weapon of war, that turns a frustration into a killing.

In these cases the Republican politicians talk about the mental problems of the individual, yet NO mention of the weapon, or laws to restrict them.

It is impossible not to get angry when some politicians today talk about the problem of mental health.

They are the same, as in February 2017 in the House of Representatives headed by Ryan, and with the support and actions of Trump, nullified a decree of former President Obama to limit the access to people with mental disabilities to purchase any weapons.

Obama took that action after the Sandy Hooks massacre, due to the lack of quick reaction from Congress.

Even the President talks about his priority to deal with the issue of mental illness, after wanting to reduce his budget in 2017.

All are excuses to protect illogical laws that reflect the powerful political influence of the National Rifle Association despite 30% of Americans being armed.

It is inconceivable to ignore a law such as in Florida that allows an 18-year-old to have an assault weapon, yet, forbidding him or her to drink alcohol because he or she is not responsible enough.

What’s more messed up is the fact that they have to be 21 years old to buy a revolver but not for an AR-15 assault rifle.

It is exasperating to see another moment of silence in Congress, and know that afterwards they will not do anything to prevent any another massacre if and when it happens.

It is not a solution to turn the school into a fortress, to protect students from an external wild world.

The reasonable way, in a civilized city that teaches its values ​​in school, not to entrench themselves in any armed fanaticism.

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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