Two years ago on December 14, 2012 Newtown, Conn witnessed one of the biggest tragedies to happen on American soil. 20 year old Adam Lanza went into Sandy Hook Elementary and murdered six children, and six teachers before taking his own life.
Salisbury University students and professors reflect back on this event and discussed what could’ve been done to prevent this event from happening.
“The school should’ve had a cop on duty, it doesn’t matter that it’s an elementary school every school should have an armed office on duty,” said sophomore Colleen Bassett.
Sophomore Matt Murphy had a different approach on how this shooting could’ve been prevented. “Better restriction such as more intense background checks as well as an age limit.” postgradlife101.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/img_3663.jpg” alt=”IMG_3663.JPG” class=”alignnone size-full” />
Salisbury University professor Dr. Robinson discussed his views on accessing guns in the U.S. “I believe there should be some sort of mental testing that goes along with the background test when buying any type gun in our country; there is no way people who are mental should have access to guns.”
With debate continuing today on protecting the second amendment; politicians argue it is our right to bare arms. “Groups such as the NRA pay millions to have lobbyist in Washington to protect this right,” said Dr. Rittinger of Salisbury University.
With school shootings being in our history from Columbine to Virgina Tech we as citizens are protected by the second amendment to bare arms. There have been many changes to laws recently with changes in background checks to posses guns in America due to these events in our history.
Today in the state of Maryland it takes a three month background check just to buy a handgun, due to the events like Sandy Hook in our history. Cities now such as Washington D.C. and Chicago have even gone so far to make buying hand guns and possessing them illegal in the city limits.