Sandy Hook

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School took place on December 14, 2012, in Newton, Connecticut. The shooter was identified as Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old man. Lanza ended up killing a total of 26 people, 20 of them being 6-7-year-old children and the other 6 being staff members. It was later found out that before he went to the school, he killed his mother at their home. He then took his own life at the school after the shooting. Sandy Hook is known as the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history and fourth-worst globally. This shooting opened up all sorts of debates across the U.nited States about gun control. This eventually led to certain guns such as some semi-automatic firearms becoming illegal in the United States. There was no reason to be found about the reason behind the attack. It was identified that Lanza had Aspberger syndrome and had anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder but they had no relation to the intent behind the act.

There is no doubt that Sandy Hook led to more gun control laws in the United States, bringing loads of controversy with it. At first, teachers were beginning to be armed with weapons to stop this kind of thing from ever happening again. This didn’t do much as people protested that guns should not be allowed at all, while others wanted there to be more guns to protect themselves. In an article by ABC News, they said, “The state level is where the majority of the action on gun legislation has happened in the past five years. All told, since Sandy Hook, there have been 210 laws enacted to strengthen gun safety, according to the Giffords Law Center to┬áPrevent Gun Violence” (Meghan Keneally) This led to lower school shootings and fatalities from guns but only in certain areas, our nation as a whole was still struggling. This led to many protests around the United States about gun control and how we shouldn’t have guns at all.

The issue behind gun control to this day has still not been solved. There are still many controversial opinions out there on the subject that we cannot agree on anything. So many people want to keep guns on them at all times, while other people are wanting them to be removed completely from citizens’ households. The ABC article stated, “I’m embarrassed by the fact that I didn’t work on the issue of gun violence before Sandy Hook,” he said, adding that it makes him want to “kick himself” for not acting on the issue sooner” (Chris Murphy: governor of Connecticut). Reading this in 2022 is interesting because gun laws have been changing a lot but they still aren’t at the point that they really should be. The debate splits our country into many different sides even to this day and I don’t believe that there will be a general public acceptance of any gun control law anytime soon.

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