The Tragic Mass Shooting at Newtown: A Youth Perspective

On Friday, December 14, a gunman clothed in black fatigues and a military vest went to an elementary school in Connecticut and opened fire on the people around him. In just a couple of minutes, 26 people were dead, 20 of whom were children aged six and seven. Among the six adults killed, there was the school principal and the school psychologist. The shooter has been identified as twenty year-old Adam Lanza. After shooting the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Adam Lanza then killed himself. His mother, Nancy Lanza was later found in her Newton house murdered. Investigators have not discovered the motive of why Adam Lanza would do such a thing and kill so many innocent people.

This mass shooting has brought grief and sadness to many people across the country, even President Obama and others who do not personally know the victims or their families. There have been memorials for the victims, and many people have showed great support to their families.

There are many reasons why people think this shooting happened. Some blame the National Rifle Association (NRA), others either say there are too many guns, or there are not enough guns.  Some blame the shooting on insufficient mental health care in the US. Also, some people like former Governor Mike Huckabee blame the lack of God in schools for the Newtown mass shooting. Others believe that there are not enough parents who teach their children the value of life. Lastly, some people believe that violent video games, like Call of Duty, caused this mass shooting.  There are too many additional reasons to review.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) believes that to prevent something this tragic from ever happening, there needs to be armed guards at every school in the country to protect the people in the schools. They also believe that there should be a registry of every known mentally ill individual in the country to keep track of them. Some believe that if you arm teachers at schools that this will not happen anymore. Others say that there should be a big improvement in mental health care.

Having armed guards at every school is a bad idea because at Columbine High School, they did the same thing and it was useless.  Arming teachers is also a bad idea because I wouldn’t feel safe in school with teachers having guns on them.  What if a teacher gets mad and shoots a kid?

I believe that the gunman, Adam Lanza, was probably mentally ill and that nobody helped him.  I agree very much that there should be a big improvement in mental health care and that there should be a registry of every mentally ill individual in the US so they will be prohibited from having guns.

There have been so many mass shootings like this, and even other violent incidents that are not mass shootings that are still very tragic, and they have happened because these people have not had help and been treated for their mental illness. So, I definitely think that there should be a big improvement in mental health care.

On December 16, there was an interfaith vigil in Newtown, Connecticut for the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School. There, President Obama spoke, and vowed that something like this will never be repeated. I also pray for all the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook mass shooting, and hope something this tragic does not happen again.


20 Children:

Charlotte Bacon, 6

Daniel Barden, 7

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6

Dylan Hockley, 6

Madeleine F. Hsu, 6

Catherine V. Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Allison N. Wyatt, 6

Six adults

Rachel Davino, 29

Dawn Hochsprung, 47

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Lauren Rousseau, 30

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto, 27

What’s your take on gun control?


One response to “The Tragic Mass Shooting at Newtown: A Youth Perspective

  1. Thanks for this post Sunia. This is a terrible tragedy that I heard about while I was traveling over the holidays. I def agree and don’t think security with guns in school will help the situation. But, I hope the American public has a civil conversation around the need for gun control- before any more tragedies like this take place.

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