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Five years have passed since the fatal Sandy Hook shooting.

Five years have passed since the fatal Sandy Hook shooting.

Five years have passed since the fatal Sandy Hook shooting.

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Dec. 14, 2017 marked the five year anniversary of the tragedy that is the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The nightmare took the lives of 20 children along with six heroic teachers who dedicated the last moments of their lives to protecting the smallest among them.

 

The massacre will never be forgotten as tangible reminders still linger over Newtown, Connecticut. Stickers with a teddy bear with wings cradling a smaller bear, alongside a message declaring that the town’s “26 Angels” are “Always Here, Never Forgotten” are displayed all around the town.

 

Since the shooting a new school building has been built that has bullet-resistant windows and reinforced walls that are meant to ease the fears of parents still haunted by memories of the 20-year-old man storming into the old building and killing 20 first graders and six adults in a spray of gunfire.

 

It is important that safety precautions be taken in order to insure that schools are secure places for children to learn, so how is the United States progressing further with the fear of recurrence of this event in other places?

 

The strengthening of gun laws is a step in the right direction. The idea is very controversial because of the constitutional “right to bear arms”; however, the right is more of a privilege that has widely been taken advantage of. In order to possess a gun there must be a mental health evaluation and a reasonable need to own a gun along with training certification in addition to background checks. Gun owners should then undergo mandatory training to learn locking up your gun, loading and unloading safely, storing bullets separately, and other practices that make gun ownership safer. Internet sales regarding guns need to be further regulated in this process.

 

Gun laws will never successfully eliminate all guns nor do I believe they should, but bad, dangerous people that are not mentally stable should not freely be given the opportunity to hold a gun and harm themselves or others.

 

The presence of School Resource Officers has become even more important because of events like Sandy Hook. We must have people in our schools that are armed and trained to respond quickly to threats.

 

Along with having SROs, a routined school wide lock down drill is ideal. Although it does not stop shootings from happening it gives students, faculty, and staff the knowledge of what to do if a threat is posed.

 

The tragic violence of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the victims who fell will never be forgotten and will forever live in our hearts. It is vital that we continue to go through steps to secure the safety of our schools and protect all students and teachers while ensuring that there is no repetition of the events at Sandy Hook.

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