The needs, wants of a person can prove deadly

The needs and wants of a person can be deadly.

America has suffered through numerous mass shootings, and the mentality of these shooters can only be described as psychotic and unhealthy.

The most recent shooting happened on Feb. 14, 2018, and 17 students were killed at a Florida high school. In November 2017, there was a mass shooting at a Baptist church in Texas that killed 25 people and an unborn child. There was also the Las Vegas shooting in Oct. 2017 that was the largest mass shooting in modern history, killing 50 people and injuring 500.

Recently, there has been a lot of speculation on how to stop a mass shooting. However, when looking at those who commit these heinous crimes, you have to question what their mental state is. For someone to want or feel the need to create that kind of misery or destruction, there is no stopping them.

Humans don’t have the resources or abilities to catch every person who wants to shoot up a place filled with people.

In all honesty, the idea that a person can consume that much hatred is scary, and the idea that they can act on that anger scares me more. The main question asked when these horrible events happen is, “Why?” Most of the time, the answer is that they thought it was the right thing to do or it was the only way.

Most of the time, shooters truly have to believe that or else why would they do it? In the shooters mind, they believe at some level those who died, deserved it. The shooters had to have believed that they were wronged by the individual(s) they  shot. The sad part about the entire ordeal is that no matter how much effort we put forward, there is no way to stop someone, on a vendetta, who plans to shoot into massive crowds.

From what I have seen or heard, people believe that more gun control or going as far as to take away the second amendment will stop mass shootings. This is not true, it’s the same as when there was prohibition; people, if they really want to do something, will find a way to do it. Even if the government tries to regulate something, people still find a way to do it.

Don’t get me wrong, I do thoroughly believe that we need more gun control, but I am not so naive to think it will make a huge difference.

There is also the idea that we need to arm our teachers. First of all, that doesn’t stop anything. I mean it could if the teachers stood around the school barricading it from possible shooters, but then who is teaching class? There is also the question of whether we can trust the teachers who are in possession of the weapon.

For those who commit mass shootings, there is a switch in their brain that controls rational behavior and it is either turned off or damaged. This not only affects those the shooter finds guilty, but also innocent bystanders.

As much pain and suffering these incidents have caused people, there needs to be an understanding that although steps could’ve been taken, overall, there was nothing that could’ve stopped them.

We live in a world where we have to question what’s right from wrong. Don’t misunderstand what I am saying because mass shooters will always be wrong. But we can’t continue blaming the guns or the people who didn’t stop it and start looking at what caused it. It may not stop the shootings all at once, but it’s a start.  

About Creighton Grove (22 Articles)
Creighton Grove attends college at Laramie County Community College. She hopes to have an associate’s degree in Mass Media by Spring of 2018. Creighton worked as a part-time stringer for the Platte County Record Times, based in Wheatland, during the summer of 2017. She is currently working as a Tri-editor for the LCCC newspaper, Wingspan. Creighton hopes to become an editor of books someday.

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