Where is Humanity Headed?

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Jeremiah Bailey, Staff Writer

Humanity has been faced with lots of problems, lately it seems as though peace is not a luxury that the world can afford. On December 2, yet another mass shooting occured in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Luckily there were no fatalities but the fact remains that there were 10 people critically injured in the incident.

One victim required surgery, which was successful, and remains in critical condition, said Emily Nichols, the city’s director of emergency medical services. The other nine victims are in stable condition at area hospitals.

This isn’t the first time America has had a shooting, but there never should have been a first time. People shouldn’t get caught up in random acts of violence, nor should they be afraid to leave their house in fear of dying at such a young age. And America should consider stricter gun regulations to facilitate this.

The number of mass shootings in the U.S. thus far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year, according to a gun violence research group. As of December 1, which is the 335th day of the year, there have been 385 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks every mass shooting in the country. 

Now there are people who will say that they are doing everything possible to change things, but that’s not true. If they were actually trying to change things then stuff would be different and people would stop making excuses. 

 the contagious nature of mass murder; the glorification of violence in video games; and the need to act on “red flags” to identify and potentially confine the “mentally ill monsters” said President Trump after the El Paso, Texas mass shooting.

Once again people are taking the blame off the people, they are blaming small to insignificant contributions that have little to no evidence of whether or not these things are to blame. Violent video games and the contagious nature of mass shootings have not been the cause of all these shooting. While they may be a factor it’s not enough to say that these are the causes themselves.

According to the FBI report, only 25% of active shooters between 2000 and 2013 had ever been diagnosed with mental illness. So now that solves the argument about them all or most of the shooters having mental illness. Nearly 75% of the active shooters studied by the FBI legally purchased or possessed the firearm used in the crime. 

The fact that people are blaming outside factors, rather than internal ones is just wrong. The issue is clear all people have to do is accept it and make a change. Things need to change before there are more incidents and more blood spilled.

 

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