As a student publication, the Eagle Eye works to inform the stories of those who do not have a voice. Today, we are the ones who feel our voice should rise. In the wake of the catastrophe that happened at our school on 14 February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, our lives have changed beyond what we ever pictured. We, in addition to our publication, have been changed. We will stay so for the rest of our lives.
We have a distinct platform not only as student reporters but also as survivors of a mass shooting. We are direct witnesses to the sort of destruction that gross incompetence and political inactiveness can produce. We can not stand idly by as the nation continues to be contaminated by an afflict of weapon violence that permeates into the neighborhood after neighborhood and does permanent damage to the hearts and minds of the American people.
That’s why the Eagle Eye has come together and proposed these following modifications to weapon policy. Our company believes federal and state-federal governments need to put these in place to guarantee that mass shooting and weapon violence stop to be a staple of American culture. We will be marching this Saturday, 24 March, for those that we loved and lost, and we write this in the hope that no other neighborhood or publication will ever need to do the very same.
The modifications we propose:
Restriction of semi-automatic weapons that fire high-velocity rounds. Civilians should not have access to the exact same weapons that soldiers do. That’s a gross abuse of the 2nd change. These weapons were created for dealing death: not to animals or targets, but to other people. That they can be purchased by the public does not promote domestic harmony. Rather, their accessibility puts us into the sort of threat dealt with by males and females caught in the battle zone. This scenario shows a failure of our federal government. It needs to be fixed to guarantee the security of those ensured the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of joy.
High-capacity publications played a big function in the shooting at our school. In only 10 minutes, 17 people were eliminated, and 17 others were hurt. This is undesirable. That’s why our company believe that bump stocks, high-capacity publications, and comparable devices that imitate the impact of military-grade automated weapons need to be prohibited. In the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, 58 people were eliminated and 851 others were hurt. The shooter’s use of bump stocks allowed large varieties of people to be hurt while collected in among the most renowned cities in America. If it can happen there, it can happen anywhere. That’s why action should be required to take these devices off the marketplace.
Develop a database of weapon sales and universal background checks.
Our company believes that there ought to be a database recording which weapons are offered in the United States, to whom, and of what quality and capability they are. Just as the department of the automobile has a database of license plates and car owners, the Department of Defense needs to have a database of weapon identification number and weapon owners. This information needs to be coupled with offenses of weapon laws, previous criminal offenses and the status of the weapon owner’s psychological health and physical ability. Together with universal background checks, this system would help police stop a possibly unsafe person before they devote a weapon criminal activity. Change privacy laws to enable the psychological doctor to interact with police. As seen in the disaster at our school, bad communication in between psychological doctor and police might have added to a disrupted person with homicidal propensities and intents getting in a school and assassinating 17 people in cold blood.
We need to enhance this channel of communication. To do so, privacy laws must be changed. That will permit us to avoid people who are a threat to themselves or to others from buying guns. That might help avoid catastrophes such as the Parkland massacre.