Bleak hopes of getting over with two decades of the Columbine High School Massacre to a new and a better year for schools crashed down with the recent Santa Clarita shooting that lasted for 16 seconds.
On Thursday morning, a 16-year-old boy killed two of his classmates and injured three others at the Saugus High School, before killing himself with a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun. The shooting incident brought back the horror and trauma of the dreaded Columbine massacre of 1999 and also revealed the true face of current gun laws in the country.
This is not the first time there has been a shooting incident at a school or a college campus in the country’s history. However, repetition of such incidents raises serious questions about the gun laws in the state and how effective the security is on educational campuses.
This year alone, more than 30 incidents of mass shootings have taken place at various schools and colleges across the nation, including the recent Santa Clarita shooting.
A total of nine people, including seven students have been killed until now due to the shootings, with around 45 injured. Such frequent school shootings point to an urgent need for change in the existing gun laws.
Nevertheless, since the Columbine massacre, a lot of changes have taken place to tackle an active shooting. Amongst those, key changes include ending the strategy of waiting for the SWAT and not providing enough training to counter the shooter. Had those basic reforms been employed at that time, a lot less lives would have been lost.
Even though the Santa Clarita shooting did not provide enough time to the law enforcement or school guards to put down the shooter, other reforms like no guns unless authorized in school campus and many others need to be employed strictly to put an end to the reoccurrence of such incidents.
Calls for strict gun laws in the presidential campaign by the 2020 hopefuls and gun safety advocacy groups are becoming more intense with each passing day. Additionally, the repeated occurrence of incidents like the Santa Clara shooting every month or two is forcing the parents to send their children to schools with heavy hearts and constant fears.