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The Lookout staff editorial: Mass terrorism brings controversy

The Lookout staff editorial: Mass terrorism brings controversy
  • On November 16, 2017

In recent years, the U.S. has been plagued by record-breaking mass shootings, protests turned violent, bombings and vehicular manslaughter.

The U.S. has had three of the deadliest mass shootings within the past year and a half.

First (chronologically) was the Orlando nightclub with 49 deaths and over 58 people left injured on June 12, 2016.

The second was the country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, where 58 were killed and another 515 were injured.

And the third one happened Nov. 5 in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. That shooting resulted in 26 deaths and left 20 more people injured.

The Las Vegas shooting is the most deadly shooting in modern U.S. history. Orlando comes in at number two and Texas at number five.

The Lookout staff is shaken by the disturbing frequency of these incidents. The sheer amount of death and destruction one person can wreak is unbelievable.

Every time massacres like this occur, the debate of gun control is reignited. Each time it comes up, nothing ends up being done.

The Lookout staff does not pretend to know how to deal with this heated topic, but we know something has to change to make events like these less possible.

We are questioning whether any place is sacred or safe. These shootings happen in places of worship, places of entertainment and places of self-expression & social interaction. It seems the location makes no difference in the conscience of the shooters, nor does the context of the event.

Gun control laws are not the only option to reduce the overwhelming number of massacres. Education and increased security measures can go a long way toward mending the tears in society.

This topic is sure to play a big role in future elections and lawmaking, so stay up to date.