Saturday, October 10, 2015

Two more shootings on college campuses

On Friday October 9, two shootings occurred on college campuses in Arizona and Texas. These shootings were much smaller than the one last week in Oregon as only one person was killed in each. However, shootings like these still expose gun issues even if fewer people are killed.

It is believed that these shootings occurred after disputes between the victims and the shooters. The shooters were not attempting to kill large numbers of people like the perpetrator in the Oregon shooting, but they still did kill.

At Texas Southern University, the police do not know why the perpetrator committed this attack and the suspect is not yet in custody. This was not the first recent deadly shooting for Texas Southern. Within the last six weeks, there have been four shootings, two of them fatal. At Northern Arizona University, it is believed that the shooting occurred after an altercation between two groups of  people that became violent.

These kinds of shootings that result from altercations generally do not receive much media coverage, unlike when someone set out to kill large numbers of people. These two campus shootings likely have such coverage because they happened so soon after the large episode in Oregon.

It is completely unacceptable that shootings like these still occur, especially only just over a week after a major attack. Even though these were not as deadly as mass shootings, they still expose problems for gun control within the U.S. The U.S. needs to enact stricter gun control legislation so only responsible people can obtain such a deadly weapon. If nothing changes, shootings like these and the one in Oregon will continue to occur and more innocent lives will be lost.

What do you think about these shootings? Do you think that the U.S. needs more gun control? What do you think could be done to prevent incidents like this from happening in the future?

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