By Inteshar Mohi’ 18
America has struggled with preventing the use of guns for decades. Schools have suffered immensely from guns and countless families have lost their children from gunfire.
To prevent school shootings, states have come up with laws to restrict the use of guns. According to Statelaws.findlaw.com, after the Sandy Hook Elementary incident, the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act were passed. This law restricts the number of bullets that can be in a gun at a time, forces ammunition dealers to perform background checks on buyers, and demands reports of stolen guns within 24 hours.
This law and many others have been passed to restrict the use of guns. Other than state laws, schools have their own rules and protocols to prevent school shootings.
“We have a protocol known as the GRP, which is the general response protocol. If there is a report of what is referred to as an active shooter, the school will take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of students and staff. We would go to immediate lockdown, reach out to NYPD and they arrive to take control of the building in terms of identifying who the active shooter is, identifying which students are obviously not suspects, and making sure that everyone is safe,” said Mr. Richard Franzese, Assistant Principal of Security.
This shows that school protocols are set in place if a possible school shooting were to occur. These protocols among others were created to safeguard the lives of students and staff.
Nevertheless, state laws and school protocols have done little to put a dent into school shootings. According to Everytownresearch.org, there has been 204 school shootings in America since 2013 and according to Abcnews.go.com, there has been only 50 school shootings and attempted school shootings since 1999. As you can see, state laws and school protocols are clearly not working to protect lives, since there’s a major increase in school shootings after 2013.
Above all else, safety is the biggest priority. Parents allow their kids to come to school knowing that they will be in good hands, and the students themselves should see school as a safe place. Guns violate these beliefs because students wouldn’t feel safe at all if they saw a gun in school.
“I would feel terrified and it would consume my thoughts. I would be afraid for my life and for the lives around me,” said Ejaz Javeed ’19.
There are other things besides state laws and protocols that America and schools can do to prevent school shootings and to ensure the safety of students.
“One of the great things we do here at Midwood is that we have a very good line of communication with our students. That’s one of our best defenses—that kids will come to us, to let us know that someone may have something in school that they’re not supposed to,” said Mr. Franzese.
Maintaining a connection between a school and its students can have more positive effects than rules can. Perhaps it’s the reason why Midwood hasn’t ever had a school shooting. Midwood trusts its students, which is one of the many reasons why it doesn’t feel the need for metal detectors. Also, students trust Midwood with their safety or else nobody would come to school. Connections between a school and its students may be the key to prevent school shootings and the answer to the problems of gun control.