Students divided over gun laws

By Thunderword Staff



Highline students are divided on if the country needs more gun control, following the Las Vegas shooting.

On Sunday night during a concert in Las Vegas, a gunman opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Fifty-nine people were killed and more than 500 others were injured.

The gunman then killed himself while SWAT team members closed in on his room.

Several students admitted that shootings at least cross their minds when they go to concerts, games, and other public events.

"I don't worry about it, but it's something that's there," said Highline student Ryan Bruwer.

"I worry about that, it's always a possibility," said another Highline student.

"I'm scared to sit in my class," said one student.

"It crosses my mind, but I don't let it stop me," Highline student Ian Lichty said.

"If you worry about it, you panic… it can happen anywhere," said a Highline student.

Some students want gun laws to be changed to prevent something like this from reoccurring.

"I don't think guns are safe to have for the public. Though background checks are implemented in the process of purchasing a gun, it's not enough. People are unpredictable and I don't think guns should be legal," Highline student Nallely Acosta said.

"I think we shouldn't have guns at all. Guns don't do any good but cause senseless violence," said another student.

"We need more than just background checks," said one student.

But other students said that they don't believe completely taking away guns is the solution.

"I don't think that making something illegal will stop people from getting them," Highline student Lori Baca said.

"People should have concealed carries, but background checks should be given [on] mental health and criminal backgrounds," said Highline student Sierra Carr.

"Guns are too easily accessible on the streets and though stiff gun laws can be applied, criminals seeking guns will still find a way," said Highline student Jocelyn Hanrath.

Reporters Thomas Reilly, Mitchell Roland, Alexis Morales and Allison Hand contributed to this story.

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