Mass shootings are too common a topic, and it’s gotten to the point where after the initial reports of a shooting, the next day, life just carries on as usual. These mass shootings have become a part of our daily lives. Tweets, news articles, videos — everyone sees what goes on at these tragic events, but why do there seem to be more mass shootings than ever?
I can’t remember a week this summer that there wasn’t news of a shooting on my social media feed. It’s alarming, but it’s been like this for a long time. The constant political battle that has left the United States with little to no change in gun laws is a huge factor as to why the US experiences so many shootings.
Canada, however, has also begun to see more and more acts like this. Last week there were shots fired at Yorkdale Mall — and while no one was injured — it could have been much worse. Back in July, there was a shooting on the Danforth where three people died.
All of these shootings are a result of a domino effect. We elect leaders who aren’t going to make the necessary changes in laws to try to decrease the number of shootings, and then when these shootings happen, many people go to extreme lengths to speak out on the issue of gun control. They speak out on the fact that the necessary changes are not being made to protect the people, but what happens?
Nothing. If there were changes being made, the changes that people need, there wouldn’t be so many of these mass shootings.
While both Canada and the United States have much different leaders in Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump — the fact that Canada is seeing more shootings is a scary sign.
If the United States is supposed to be looked at as a world leader, they need to show the rest of the world that they are making an effort to prevent mass shootings.
There should be stricter rules in place for someone to be able to purchase a gun. Usually, in the aftermath of the mass shootings, the shooter turns out to have had plenty of red flags prior to the mass shooting that makes everyone question how that person was able to purchase a gun in the first place. So, why aren’t the rules stricter? Why hasn’t there been significant effort to make it harder for people to purchase guns?
At the end of the day, there are plenty of things in the world that we have very little control over. There are acts of God and accidents that are just part of life, but when it comes to mass shootings, something can be done, and it needs to be done.