On the 14th of February 2018 a day supposed to be full of love was a day full of grieving for Parkland Florida, as the rest of the United States grieved with them. 19 year old Nikalas Cruz a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who was expelled for disciplinary reasons. Cruz proceeded to return to the school and shot and killed 17 people. 12 of those people died in the school, two outside of the school, one died on the street, and two died in the hospital. During the rampage it was said that Cruz was wearing a gas mask and had smoke bombs, he then proceeded to pull the fire alarm threw the smoke bombs and open fired. An AR-15 rifle was the weapon seized from Cruz at the scene. Cruz was tackled and arrested off of the school campus. There is currently no evidence that there was more than one shooter. During the active shooting students hid in closets, under desks, and some fled the school. After the shooter was in custody of the police the swat team then went in to help those still trapped inside. Governor Rick Scott said "This is absolutely pure evil."
Following the shooting in Parkland Florida that claimed the lives of 17 people Obama spoke out about his gun control views. He tweeted out shortly after the incident stating " we are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless.Caring for our kids is our first job. Until we can honestly say that we're doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change." Obama went through many mass shootings during his presidency, he pushed for greater gun control laws but was always turned down by the Republican controlled congress. Events like this make gun control aware but the effort to make stricter gun laws are still failing.
There are five main factors that contribute to congresses hesitation for gun control. The first one is that the parties are each treated equally about when it comes to guns. Meaning that democrats complain that 90% of democrats support universal background checks. Then you see republican lawmakers voting against expanding gun control measures. Another reason is that Americans are very polarized on gun control. Gun control causes more of a divide than the issue on border control. More and more the momentum toward gun policy is growing. Those who want gun control are typically democrat as opposed to those who are republican who want gun rights. Gun advocates are extremely passionate which gives them an edge over those who aren't. It is proven that people who are for gun rights are more likely to be heard by the government. Often times after mass shootings gun control gets more supports that it needs. People are more likely to support gun control depending on the time period that surrounds them. Though the long term trend is typically against gun control.
2008 District of Columbia vs. Heller, this protected the law for individuals to keep and bear arms in case of confrontation. A few decades ago it was almost impossible for people to carry guns. There were some lenience when it came to celebrities, retired police, and friends of the sheriff. Now most states have "shall issue" laws that if a citizen meets the requirements of the law, the authorities must issue the permit. There is a law being considered about a nationwide carrying law that a citizen may carry in other states regardless of the state laws. Colleges and churches are allowing people to carry guns, the gun free zones were taken advantage of by many mass shootings taken place at both of these locations. If people rely on their courts for their rights they would no longer pay attention to legislation.
Often time public places blame on the president when things go wrong in our country. The legislative branch is in control of passing bills before they get to the president. People should remember that they can make a difference, recently a group of the victims of the Parkland shooting had a time where they spoke out about their opinions on gun control. Stepping out is a great way to be heard by the government and I think everyone should know that they can help and have their voices be heard. The senate and house get to test out ideas before they become a law by hearing from witnesses. In the beginning of the legislative process witnesses are called in to share their information about the topic. They can get a point of view from a citizen and see how it can effect people.