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By: Priscilla Purnell, Editor

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More and more people are owning guns as the increase of mass shootings occur. However, not everyone is meeting the requirements because federal law does not require licensing of gun owners or purchasers. According to Gun Control Archive, just alone from January 1 to Nov.  5, there have been 307 shootings in which four or more people were injured or killed in 2017.We need more gun control with stricter laws to prevent people who shouldn’t be owning guns.

The Congressional Research Service said, “a mass shooting in which a gunman kills four or more people selects victims randomly.” I often hear the answer ‘if we try this” or “maybe next time.” These laws might not make a drastic change in the next six months or even the next two years but if we put stricter laws in place, innocent children can be saved.  

I am still young, but I have heard more about guns killing innocent children in school, than any other generation. In the last past 10 years, five of the deadliest shootings have happened. Churches and schools are not necessarily considered safe places anymore. Every year an increase of random mass shootings are in the news, killing innocent people and some who have put their lives in danger to save other people.

According to FBI data from 2013, incidents in schools and businesses represent 7 out of 10 active shootings and most mass shooters take their own lives. I often think about the victims a school mass shootings who are severely traumatized for life, leading to depression from loss of hope and friends.

There less of a connection between mental health and mass shooting. According to Bethany Lilly of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, there is no real connection between an individual with a mental health diagnosis and mass shootings. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, shows that people who suffer from mental health issues such as bipolar disorder or anxiety are no more likely than the average person to become violent and people with mental illness are ten times more likely to be victims of violent crime. According to MentalHealth.Gov most people with mental illness are not violent and only 3-5 percent of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. Shootings can occur in abusive relationships often against women FBI.Gov a shooter may act upon because of a bad relationship. In 16 (10.0%) of the 160 incidents, the shooters targeted current, estranged, or former wives as well as current or former girlfriends.

I practice safety in schools if a shooting were to happen to lock the doors and hid. However, to protect myself I would barricade the door or throw a heavy object. For example, if we were in a science room I would throw heavy textbook or lab equipment to knock the gunman out or lose their thought, more time can lead to police arriving and students own life. In school ALICE Training Programs & Services is starting to take over, to increase your children’s and employees’ odds of survival during a violent intruder event.

ALICE Training goes beyond lockdown methods by providing individuals with a new set of skills that will greatly increase their odds of survival during an active shooter situation. They also train teachers to help learn new tactics and help students to respond in a situation. To take matters into your own safety. We can take defense classes and research, owning a gun is not necessarily the solution unless you have the right certificates and requirements.

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