Gun Violence, A Preventable Situation

By Allison Diaz and Erin Peters

Staff Writers

Gun control advocates nervous as Supreme Court takes up first 2nd Amendment  case in a decade
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Why are weapons of war being sold to people? If bearing guns are to protect ourselves, why do we hold more fear instead? It saddens us to see people getting murdered and wounded due to gun violence, especially since it is something our government can prevent with stricter gun regulations. 

About 50 mass shootings have been reported in the United States since March 16, where eight people were murdered and one injured in shootings that took place in three Atlanta-area spas. And in the past few weeks, there have been a hefty amount of mass shootings. More than eight people were killed and numerous people have been wounded. 

In Chicago, Illinois, a seven year old girl was killed after being shot multiple times at a McDonald’s drive-thru lane. Her dad was shot in the torso and is in serious condition. No one is in custody but the shooting is under investigation. 

Three people were killed in Austin, Texas, when 41-year-old Stephen Nicholas Broderick, shot his ex-wife and two others. The shooter is a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective and was charged with sexual assault of a child last year. The gunman was arrested while walking down a road with a pistol in his waistband. 

In Kenosha, Wisconsin, three people were killed and three other people were wounded at The Somers House tavern. The gunman, 24-year-old Rakayo Alandis Vinson has been arrested. 

In Columbus, Ohio, policeman Nicholas Reardon shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Before the shooting Ma’Khia Bryant called Columbus police because the young girl was reportedly being jumped. When the police arrived on the scene Ma’Khia pushed one girl to the ground and pinned another girl against a car with a knife. The office then shot Ma’Khia four times. Ma’Khia Bryant was transported to Mount Carmel East hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Two men arrested after shooting in Omaha, Nebraska. On Saturday, April 17 Trequez Swift was fatally shot and killed. Ja’Keya Veland was shot but is expected to survive. Both suspects have been arrested. 

A shooting at a 12 years old birthday in LaPlace, Louisiana leaves 9 injured and 2 hospitalized. A verbal confrontation instigated the shooting. No one has come forward so far therefore, no arrests have been made.

President Joe Biden states that he is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence. The six initial actions that will be taken are as stated: 

“The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.”

“The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.”

“The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states.”

“The Administration is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions.”

“The Justice Department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking.”

“The President will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.” according to WhiteHouse.gov

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