Since 2013 there have been 268 school shootings in the United States alone (Everytown for Gun Safety, 2017). School gun violence is becoming increasingly probable. It is imperative that our government and our citizens come together to create a solution and implement a plan to prevent and stop the occurrence of school gun violence. The solution, for some, is to bring more guns into the picture by arming teachers, principals, and other school officials, or place armed police officers at school sites (LaPierre, 2015). For others, the solution is to make even stricter laws regarding gun use or to get rid of these weapons altogether. These certainly are drastic options; I must say that I do believe the true solution is to increase the focus on mental health services and by extension, mental health awareness. There is simply not enough focus on the mental health of our youth and of our students. Mental health services are the most important step to making schools safer, because this solution touches the entire problem of violence at its root level.
In 2017 alone, there have been multiple riots born of originally peaceful protests. Students in Middlebury College in Vermont revolted at a peaceful debate with far-right Charles Murray. While Murray tried to reach his building, a mob formed, forcing him and his debate-partner, Allison Stanger, to move to another building (Beinhart np). When Murray and Stanger tried to leave, they and the car they were in were attacked by students. The leftist Stanger was sent to the emergency room because she tried to protect the guest (Fatzick np). In Berkeley, California, students were up in arms, wanting to prevent Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking. Their haste to silence a man they disagreed with led to a huge disaster. In the streets, fellow classmates were attacked. One student who supported President Trump was brutally beaten, and an innocent bystander who claimed to be Muslim was assaulted for “looking like a Nazi” (Ramaiyer np). Others were beset upon as well, with pepper-spray, matches, and baseball bats. In total, only one person was arrested (French np). Unless this one person attacked this many people and businesses, it’s safe to assume that dozens of perpetrators have gone unpunished for the crime of hurting a human being! This ‘free speech’ is not protected under the First Amendment. People are hurting other people. Another time Mr. Yiannopoulos attempted to give a speech, protesters rudely barged into the lecture
This video shows how protesters block all lanes of I-94. The police officers gave them twenty five warning to leave. Yet, some people chose to stay and continue to protest. According to the police, the protest turned into a riot and some people threw rocks and bottles on the freeway. During this act of violence, twenty one police officers were injured. In order to cease those protestors, the police officer used non-irritant smoke and sprayed mace. At the end of the protest, 50 people were arrested for three degree rioting.
Numerous times, protests start off as untroubling. In fact, they are beneficial to a certain extent, for they “provide a vent to society and also allow governments to understand better the issues their citizens are facing” (UN News Centre 2012). However, often these protests cross this blurry line and are rendered violent, causing danger to the American people. A recent example of a protest transforming into a riot was the Anti- Trump protest in Portland. These protests started off as being peaceful and allowed the protesters to express their opinions on the issue. However, the protesters eventually became so invested in the matter that it quickly mutated into a riot with people smashing windows, kicking cars, and vandalizing buildings (USA TODAY 2016) .This rapid change from peace to violence is a result of the blurry line between what is considered peaceful and what is considered violent. Due to the few restrictions on both the right to petition and assemble, what is perceived as violent is open to interpretation. More specifically, the protesters may not have deemed that kicking cars and smashing windows was violent; thus, they proceeded with these clearly dangerous activities anyways. Since the unlimited nature of both of these rights leaves a massive gray area in regards to what is
This just in Donald J Trump is our president there is no amount of protesting that is going to change that peaceful or other wise. We the people of the United States of America voted him in. If you did not vote for him and do not believe him to be your President
As many are aware, protesters gathered recently in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite the Right” protest. The protest quickly escalated from a peaceful rally to a violent outcry.
The quote is that the people who saw on the social media wanted to come help them since it seemed like they really need the help and support of everyone. It’s not okay that they are struggling. Some even drive over 24 hours so they can come and support. It’s not okay with what police are doing. Bringing out all these unnecessary weapons when all the protestors are doing is protecting something valuable they have.
Moving over to, all things considered on what does the events taken place in Charlottesville , what what has been going on in America have in common is President Donald Trump. “ If these were normals times , even if you believed a press conference to be typical American racial theater, you’d expect the President of the United States to condemn unequivocally the hatred and bigotry, of the white nationalist, gathered in Charlottesville. But these aren’t normal times.” [ Eddie Gluade What White America Must Do Next]. Concisely stated by Eddie Gluade’s What White America Must Do Next, is an article that covers President Trump’s approach on Charlottesville. These are unorthodox times and we have have a President who is also unorthodox in the way he handled the tragic event when he did not acknowledge
Some people believe that due to the First Amendment rights that we have and they do not fully understand that they can riot and assemble unlawfully. With the recent protests that have turned violent due to the recent Antifa movement this is evident. This group has become a threat against the law and order within the communities that these events occur. Their acts of violence and vandalism against communities are unlawful and whenever these acts are observed the offenders should always be arrested. Even in the past here in Nashville and other cities across the U. S. where protestors have blocked Interstate highways, the protests have become unlawful due to these acts that disturb the peace. The blocking of the highway not only puts the residents
Protests riots in the United States has proven to an issue for both the country’s financial strength and the unity of the nation. With the presence of social injustices, combined with the increased impact of social media propaganda, protests riots are beginning to reach an all time high. Protest riots destroy individual communities and businesses, jeopardizes the safety of others and taints the protest’s cause by resorting to civil disobedience. Action must be done in order to prevent these random acts of violence from continuing after every social hot topic. The goal is not to prevent citizens from protesting; in fact, this should be encouraged. The goal is to change the way the protests are handled from both the citizens and authority perspectives, in order to prevent these protests from escalating into something dangerous.
Flag burners tend to burn the flag because they are angry for many different reasons. One reason they do it is because they express their grief over the violent deaths being suffered in this country. People get offended because they pay attention to the “White on Black crime.” That is when the “Black lives matter” chaos came into place. It is coincidental that the cops happen to be white and the people getting hurt or even killed by the cops are african american. If a cop tells you an order, you must follow it even if you do not agree. If you don’t follow a cops order, that gives the cop the right to give consequences. Another way flag burning can cause violence is that it can cause damage to public places. It can cause damage by the angry people setting objects on fire, fighting one another, tearing up cars and buildings, etc. To stop the rioting, we all need to come together as a nation instead of harming one another and be civil people. Just because everybody see’s different perspectives doesn’t mean we all aren’t the same, we are all human and need to stop killing each other because we believe
The history of the United States has been characterized by brutality of violence based on race. Many historians have neglected most of the episodes of this important national history as it helps people to learn where they have come from and where they are headed to. Race riots are characterized by violence between two or more racial groups and the end result in most cases is death. For a protest to be called a riot, there must be a group of people with a common agenda and may occur between police and the public or between two or more racial groups.
This shows that the protest was not peaceful, private property was crossed and people were harmed. With reading this article it is noticeable that the protesters got violent only because something that means a lot to them was being destroyed. It was sacred land that was being demolished right in front of them, and that must have been devastating. This matters on a local level because it was a hard thing to see happen for tribes all around. The land that was destroyed had a lot of importance for them. This event is important and affects people nationally since some even travelled from other states to attend the protest. Just by that, everyone can see how much this is affecting people, especially Native
Violent protest is divisive - it turns citizens away from seeing reason in your stance, costs taxpayers money for police protection and control and drives people strongly to one side or the other of the issues protested. The reason that protests are often seen as dangerous is because they can turn sour as the result of people using this power and ability to demonstrate as a reason to injure and destroy, often without any connection to the original protested topic. Protesters have been known to break shop windows, throw bricks at cars and even injure or kill one another in extreme situations. Peacekeepers attempting to protect the citizens and prevent escalation are often vilified and presented as brutalizing peaceful protesters.
School violence, in recent history, seems to have taken the United States by storm. Be it a shooting, such as the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, the inappropriate relationships between teacher and student, such as Stephanie Figueroa whom initiated one such relationship with her 11-year-old karate student, or the multiple fights we see on social media that take place in schools. With each passing week, we see a new story that falls in one of these categories. Today, we look at the types of, causes of and how to prevent violence in what should be a safe place and second home for our youth.