Students divided when it comes to gun laws

By Aline Valiente - Staff Reporter

Highline is just one year removed from a campus lockdown due to a purported shooter and students are generally receptive to stricter gun laws.

On Feb. 16, 2018, the campus was rocked by reports that the gunman involved in a shooting at a nearby business had fled to the campus. The turmoil that ensued left students, staff and faculty ordered to shelter in place and considerably shaken.

Some students reported that they called home to say goodbye to loved ones.

A year later, most students surveyed said they feel there need to be more restrictions on guns and they often find themselves worrying about it.

"Sometimes after hearing about [shootings] on
the news, I worry. I'm not a big fan of guns. If no one has access to guns, no one can use them," Rey R. said.

"There are definitely days
where I worry about this stuff," Chris Wreden said. "Especially in this day and age, with not a lot of restrictions, you never know what can happen."

Sam Macleod said, "Something needs to be done. We're so fortunate that nothing happened, but it could have. I know I'm not the only one worried."
"I wasn't here last year when it happened," Shannon Ward said. "But I definitely think there should be more regulations on gun."

Other students don't feel that a restriction on guns is necessary but agree about the importance of background checks.
Jazmen Juarez said that she didn't have classes when the incident happened but heard the situation was "unorganized." She said she doesn't feel like there needs to be a restriction, but agrees that background checks should be stricter.

"I think it should be harder to purchase weapons, especially if you're younger, but I don't feel as if I'm educated enough on the topic to really give a specific answer," Ethan Herbert said.

Evan Curtis said, "I wouldn't go so far as to say that there needs to be restrictions. But we also need to recognize how important background checks are. Not everyone carrying a gun wants to do harm."

"I believe in having my Second Amendment how- ever there should be measures to purchasing a fire- arm," Fernando Carmona said. "I don't really worry about my safety regarding it. It could be the fact that I, like others, believe the event won't occur to us."

One student who asked to remain anonymous was fatalistic on the topic.

"I want to say that something like what occurred won't happen again but it will. We can only hope for a better tomorrow."

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