Gun violence

Students comment on the best solutions

Brynn Anorbes and Sarah Eisses

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Gun violence is a topic that hits close to home when talking to high school students.

The United States is the leading country in number of school shootings by far. While many other countries have made steps resulting in a decrease in school shootings, the United States is conflicted by what the next steps are as a country, in the wake of yet another fatal school shooting.

Many students believe that change needs to occur, but there are still differences on how to make that change and what it should entail. Some believe the answer is in supporting mental health. “There should be more money being put into mental institutions,” Kali Martin (10) said.

While others think that changes need to be made in the purchasing process. “I think that the age to be able to obtain a gun shouldn’t be so low,” Melanie McCoy (11) said. “There should be extremely thorough background checks to make sure people are okay to own guns.” This was a common opinion among students. “It really should be harder for teenagers and people who just aren’t fit to have guns to be able to get machinery like that,” Clara Meyer (12) said.

Some students believe that the laws themselves need to change drastically. “The actual change has to come from the lawmakers themselves,” Genny Wallace (12) said, “but, it is important for people of all ages to fight to start that change.”

Sehome has made a few steps to make students feel safer, such as locking some of the doors. “I appreciate that they are making an effort to make us feel safer,” CeCe Coletti (9) said, “but, with the California style campus, it’s really annoying, and it would not actually stop anyone. The gun show loophole really needs to be fixed.” It seems that our country as a whole needs to change before people actually feel safer. “Change will only happen after our mindset has,” Zara Berg (9) said.