This article dives into the story of Columbine. Everyone can remember the shooting that took place not far outside of Denver in 1999. Were the stories we heard accurate? Did the killers (Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold) target certain groups of students like the media made it sound? After digging deeper it was discovered that Harris was deemed a psychopath by some psychologists and Klebold was a suicidal depressive. The truth is they wanted to blow up the whole place and kill hundreds with a propane bomb that failed to detonate. Only after that did not work did they kill with guns. Still the idea of loner vs. bullies continued to be the theme in the media and applied to later shootings.
Now some parents live in fear that their children could be the next victim. Is there necessary evidence to be worried? Some research suggests that school shootings are increasing while others say the opposite. Different factors make the results vary. The truth is gun violence continues to be a problem in the United States. Not necessarily a focus on schools, but gun violence in general is a problem. Only when an incident happens close to home does it seem to shake us. The truth is more than 300 shootings happen everyday in the U.S. When people see gang violence in areas that don’t seem close to home they become more immune. But for some reason when a school shooting happens it is a bigger deal. Many children’s lives are at risk.
This is an article that is relevant and newsworthy now more than ever. As the media portrays shooting in different lights we may be misled. Should we be concerned about increased school shootings? Maybe, maybe not. What should be confronted is the overall gun violence problem. Does the next school shooting need to happen before people are awoken to the problems outside of schools?