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Bucks Students on Parkland Shooting

Matthew Aquino

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On Feb. 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., entered the school armed with a R-15 semi-automatic weapon and proceeded to open fire indiscriminately, killing 17 people and injuring 14, leaving America to once again have to take a hard look at itself in the mirror.
Many people have had different reactions to the shooting and have had a lot of time to reflect on what to do to prevent further shootings. Alissa Mullen, a 19-year-old student who attends Bucks and majors in business said, “I was very sad when I heard about the shooting.”
Whereas Jake Fay, a 21-year-old biology major, stated “I wasn’t shocked because of how often it’s happening. I wasn’t there so I couldn’t empathize with people, but there’s definitely something the public isn’t getting told about the shootings because some things don’t add up.”
When asked her stance on the gun laws in America, Mullen said “They need to be a bit stricter and make safety a priority.” Fay strongly agreed and added, “Stupid people shouldn’t have access to certain guns.”
This shooting has sparked a complete backlash from people all around the nation and has called from many to change the gun laws.
Jonathan Hywell, 20-year-old sports management major, firmly stated “We need stricter gun laws.”
Rosie Mangan, a 19-year-old cinema production major, said with a heavy heart, “I shook my head for a good minute there’s been too many school shootings lately.”
“Why should an 18-19-year-old be able to own a gun? You’re still a kid.” Mangan said.
The shooting has caused many to blame guns while others blame the mental health of individuals as to the reason events like this occur. Hwyell believes “Shootings keep happening because we don’t have stricter gun laws and mentally unstable individuals are getting guns.” He continued to explain how he thinks children from a young age are not being taught how to handle their problems without picking up a gun.
As a solution, President Donald Trump proposed arming and training teachers to hold firearms to protect the class in case something like this happened in the future. Many Bucks students had many different opinions on this subject. Mullen said, “It’s not a smart idea at all because what if a teacher snaps or a child finds the gun.” Fay added “We shouldn’t have to because people shouldn’t be able to bring guns to school.”
Hoping to get a reaction from the government and enact change, many have protested for stricter gun laws. Some students, who attended the school in Parkland, have met with President Trump to explain what needs to be changed in their opinion. A town hall broadcasted by CNN, had victims of the shooting as well their families and other citizens of Parkland meeting with Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch to discuss gun control.
Mangan had a strong opinion about the protestors. She stated, “There’s been plenty of protests over the years. Some of them still haven’t even caused any change to happen. Some of them still happen they’re just not talked about anymore but hopefully this one will bring a change.”
When posed the question if they supported their child owning a gun, there were many different responses.
Hywell did not want his kid owning a gun anytime simply stating “It’s just too dangerous and too big a risk.” Fay on the other hand disagreed and said “I support my child owning a gun, I would raise them the right way and trust they would do the right thing.”
Mangan had a strong opinion on this matter and revealed “Not at all. I wouldn’t want him getting hurt or if he has kids in the future those getting hurt either. There’s also been incidents of kids getting into their parent’s things and finding where they keep their guns. For safety measures, I’d rather and hope he didn’t.”
Mass shootings and gun laws have been an issue for a long time now and the youth is showing that these incidents can’t be ignored anymore. Only time will tell if there will be change.

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