Gun Control Need Highlighted by Colorado School Shooting

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The recent shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado, highlighted the fact that the U.S. needs to have more stringent gun control laws. There have been several mass killings, such as the one at the Aurora movie complex in 2012 and the shooting at Columbine High School 14 years ago. The United States, and especially Colorado, has had a lot of pain stabbed in its heart losing so many precious lives to mass killings. Gun control laws have always been a debated issue to stop unnecessary killings, resurfacing again on December 13th in Colorado school shooting. New gun control laws have to be reviewed and gun control should be taken seriously.

Karl Halverson Pierson of Centennial, CO, bought the shotgun from a nearby store on Dec. 6th, seven days before the shooting. In Colorado, a person of age 18 or over can buy a shotgun, which made it easy for Pierson to acquire his weapon. Arapahoe County Sheriff, Grayson Robinson, said about Pierson; “His evil intent was to harm multiple individuals.” The Colorado school shooting once again pointed out the ease of acquiring a gun that could be used for unscrupulous purposes. This not only highlighted the gun control needs but also threw an open challenge to the government that this issue has to be taken seriously.

Considering the amount of ammunition Pierson had this may hold true, but at the same time contrary ideas are also floating over the internet. This means in order to stop random and mass killings, gun control laws should be reviewed especially in light of the incident at Arapahoe High School. It also raises the question as to whether these types of occurrences could be prevented by stricter gun laws.

Even President Barrack Obama had pitched for stricter gun control laws. He had really pushed for gun control laws after Newtown, Connecticut, and a lot of tax payer money was spent advertising his position. The Newtown shooting had sent ripples throughout the U.S. and they were under immense pressure to move forward with stricter gun control, but the whole initiative slackened. The gun control laws to be implemented were opposed by a number of organizations like the Georgia Sheriffs Association, stating the move to the control of carrying guns limits rightful gun ownership. One of the opposition leaders was asked for her opinion regarding gun control laws and she commented that legislative decisions are quite old and with changing times, these outdated laws needs to be checked.

Although Obama tried to implement stricter laws, the main line of defense will come from grass root organizations whose opinions do matter. So to stop the gun violence, like that in Colorado’s Arapahoe High School, stricter gun control laws can only be implemented if people of America raise their voices. As described earlier, the Colorado school shooting is not an isolated incident; to highlight the issue of gun control on the political forefront will now seem inevitable.

In the shooting of Colorado school, Karl Halverson was the culprit. Whether Karl Halverson Pierson was a good person is a pointless question; the primary responsibility for such tragic events has to be borne by every citizen of this country. This seems like the gun control need will definitely be highlighted by political parties of USA. Whether it is the ‘gun usage’ or the ‘control of an individual,’ an innocent person dying out for no reason is very painful for everybody.

Opinion by Sunando Basu

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11 Responses to "Gun Control Need Highlighted by Colorado School Shooting"

  1. Martin Hedington   December 18, 2013 at 5:03 am

    ‘Legislation’ only applies to law-abiding, sane people, please do the math. Frankly I’m disgusted that attempting to connect the Colorado School shooting with a purported ‘need’ for more gun control displays an entirely flawed conclusion on the part of the writer, as the exact opposite has been proven beyond any doubt, many times. Then again, when has any journalist ever let good old-fashioned facts get in the way of a perfectly skewed argument.

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  2. Texas TopCat   December 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Again, two things would have helped. 1) stop the No Gun Zones ( Murder Magnets ) 2) Train and arm teachers and staff. At least this school had a armed security guard

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  3. chemsoldier   December 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

    So what law is the writer talking about? He underwent a background check and bought his gun 7 days before the event. Waiting periods would not have stopped him and background checks did not stop him.

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  4. Helio Pilot   December 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I Guess if would have been better and certainly more effective if he had waited tell school was out and ran everybody over with his car. Then we would get ‘Car Control”. There are always going to be mentally unhinged people. We need to farret them out and treat them. “Those who would give up fredom for security will neither have or deserve either” Benjamin Franklin

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  5. MrApple   December 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

    GUNS SAVE LIVES!

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  6. Gary Griffiths   December 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Actually, what the Arapahoe shooting highlighted was that the NRA was exactly right: What it takes to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. An on-scene armed security officer responded in less than a minute and a half, terminating the shooting rampage after two victims hit, rather than 20 hit multiple times.

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  7. Chris   December 17, 2013 at 8:28 am

    More propaganda, the shooter (I refuse to say his name) underwent a background check upon buying the shotgun and he was stopped by an armed guard.

    Disgusting straw man propaganda.

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  8. John   December 17, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Mmmmmmm… I thought Colorado already implemented stricter gun control laws this year. Why are they not working?

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  9. Common Sen   December 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Some ole story… idiots! Gun control will never stop people that want to hurt others. Only p

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  10. Ed Mathes (@Pa2ed)   December 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    There really isn’t a whole lot more to comment other than, what would have stopped this? What legislation, either existing, proposed or fantasized about would have prevented this?

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  11. Jonathan Porter   December 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    You forgot to mention:
    1) he was stopped by a good guy with a gun. Who was at the school at the time. (you don’t want guns in schools)
    2) the shooter was anti-gun and an extreme socialist.
    3) he did this under Colorado’s stricter gun control laws (didn’t work did they?)
    4) gun free zones only attract shooters like this and have no other benefit.

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