Eng325 Final

Where We Stand: Gun Debate
Elizabeth Matula
ENG 325: Intermediate Composition
Instructor Leonid Chernyak
February 11, 2013

Where We Stand: Gun Debate
After the Sandy Hook tragedy, the questions have been raised about schools having security guards and whether or not school principals, maybe even teachers, should have a gun. With this topic, I would take the position of yes and no. I am in favor of security guards or law enforcement officials being at schools. Not only would it put parents’ minds at ease about their kids being safe and secure at school, but it would also open up more job opportunities throughout the US, which is much needed right now. As for principals and teachers having guns, I think it would only cause more dangers and more creeps trying to get jobs within the school systems. There are also quite a few principals and teachers that I definitely would not trust with a gun.
On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut. Before driving to the school, Lanza had shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their Newtown home.   As first responders arrived, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
The incident was the second deadliest school shooting in United States history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. It was also the second-deadliest mass murder at an American elementary school, after the 1927 Bath School bombings in Michigan.
The shooting prompted renewed debate about gun control in the United States, and a proposal for new legislation banning the sale and manufacture of certain types of semi-automatic weapons and magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition. The tragedy also led to the debate about whether or not schools should employ security guards and school staff should carry guns.
The school was closed indefinitely following the shooting, partially because it remained a...