Nook on the Street, Feb. 27, 2018
On Feb. 14, 17 people were killed during the Parkland, Florida school shooting. With it only being 2 months into the year and there already being a total of 18 U.S. schooling shootings, what are your thoughts on the matter?
“It’s obviously an issue that has been going on for way too long. A lot of people try to dismiss these shootings, but the students who were victims in the shooting seem to be way more active on social media. They’re going around the country now to talk about it. A lot of people feel like this one is different, that something of consequence is going to come from it. People will always dispute what should be done but I think because the actual victims are engaging in these debates, I think that these talks will be of greater importance.”
Thomas Vorderbruggen, Japanese, junior.
“I definitely think it’s sad and unfortunate. Most of these shootings take place in areas and events were people should feel safe, where people can learn and grow. I’ve heard so many topics of gun control and what laws we should enforce to prevent this but I believe that people are people. Whether you give them rules or not, it’s not going to change their mentality and the heart behind the action. If there’s a will there’s a way. If it wasn’t a gun, it would have been something else. If there is a way to hurt someone, people with the intention will find a way to do it. I think there should be some way of training people on ways to communicate with troubled individuals.”
Corina Ani, pre-nursing, junior.
“It’s not an issue of anything other than mental health, about kids being driven to this point. A lot of people don’t notice that these are problems until a shooting happens. Mental health is not being tackled very well, especially now. Everyone’s complaining about gun control and I don’t think that gun control is going to be the complete answer. Restriction of guns might help in preventing people from creating this much damage but it’s not the ultimate answer. There have been people in the world who have killed 20 to 30 people with a knife. If a guy can do that, I’m sure others will find a way.”
Zane Taylor, computer science, freshman.
“I just think it’s tragic. I think it’s sad that we’ve gotten used to things like this happening in the states. I’m not sure what’s going to be done about it but I’m glad that a lot of survivors from the Parkland area are trying to do something about it. I hope something happens. I don’t know what the right answer should be but I hope they talk about it more. I think the more this happens, the more people will get sick of it. This might be the straw that broke the camel’s back. It also seems like the students from the high school are being really proactive in trying to prevent it from happening again.”
John Pierce, biology, sophomore.
“I feel like it brings the awareness and issue of gun rights and gun ownership in general. This is the first time we’re seeing students actually step in. I think the more important matter is that something has to change, not banning guns in general but what within gun rights and gun ownership is wrong. There should be a discussion over what types of guns should be omitted and accepted as part of people’s rights under the second amendment. There should be some right to gun ownership for self defense. As for military grade assault rifles, something has to be done about it.”
Eugene Cole, art, senior.
“The campus is a place for safety and learning, a place we call home for 4 years. No one wants someone to come into their home with a gun. No one want to have to go to a place where they are striving to make something of themselves and be at risk of dying. I feel like there is a sort of equilibrium within society. When something like this happens, I do believe that people will prevail and learn and grow as a whole. Guns have been a problem for a while, not to say that I’m against guns, but you can’t have shootings exist without placing guns into the equation. I remember hearing about bonfires here and how there were people just firing off rounds. It’s a real thing and in a place like Alaska it’s even more real.”
James Little, petroleum engineering, junior.