Sandy Hook Massacre Essay

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On December 14, 2012, an armed gunman went to an elementary school in a small town called Newtown, Connecticut and opened fire. That gunman successfully claimed 27 lives including his own. On that day not only did he kill innocent children, he successfully influenced our countries homeland security in unimaginable ways. Adam Lanza’s actions posed a threat to our homeland security; however, at the same time it opened up the American public’s eyes and led to changes and solutions to active shooters and lone wolf criminals in the United States.
Adam Lanza left his house early in the morning on December 14 armed with multiple guns. After shooting his mother four times in the head while she was asleep, he then headed to the elementary school nearby his house, where it was a normal day the school was conducting its usual morning announcements. The schools exterior doors were locked down at 9:30am. Sometime after 9:30am Adam arrived at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and forced his way into the school by breaking the glass on front door with his gun. He mainly targeted two first-grade classrooms close to front of the building, where he shot twenty students between the ages of five and six and also six adults. After authorities made their way into the school, he realized that he was discovered and he fled to a nearby closet and shot himself in the head (Altimari 2013).
Threat
The biggest threat to our homeland security after this incident was 27 innocent lives were massacred by LEGAL weaponry readily available for anyone to get their hands on. That led to the American public asking many good questions about homeland security including, are we [Americans] being too lenient and making it too easy for bad guys to obtain guns? Since it is easy for bad guys to legally get guns, are we just making it harder to protect the homeland? If we strengthen gun laws, how can we justify taking away the rights of millions for the poor judgment of few?
When the public realized that everything Adam obtained was legal, they turned their attention on the source of allowing people to obtain weaponry legally, the controversial 2nd amendment and current gun laws. The 2nd amendment outlines, “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringe (U.S. Const. amend. II).” Simply put, it means United States citizens have the right to buy and own guns, freely. This increased attention on the 2nd amendment has brought more tension between gun enthusiasts and non-gun enthusiasts.
Gun enthusiasts want gun laws to stay the way they are now. In fact they don’t believe the 2nd amendment or current gun laws are the problem at all. Instead, they believe gun- free schools zones are the problem. A couple days after the event, the National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the United States largest gun supporting group, spoke up and declared that gun-free school zones, “… tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with...

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