Gun Violence: An Issue on the Rise


Emma Diroff

Gun violence in elementary schools refers to the use of firearms to harm or threaten people in an elementary school setting. This type of violence can include shootings by students, staff, or outsiders, as well as threats made with firearms. The effects of gun violence in elementary schools can be devastating, leading to loss of life, physical injury, and emotional trauma for students, staff, and families. It is a complex issue that is influenced by a variety of factors, including access to firearms, mental health, and socioeconomic factors. It is important to address the issue through a comprehensive approach that includes measures such as strengthening gun control laws, improving mental health resources, and addressing underlying socio-economic issues. The most recent event to spark debate on this issue was the case of a 6-year-old in Virginia who was able to retrieve and discharge a gun that he took from his house. This gun was bought legally by his mother, however, was kept within easy reach. This detail within itself has been a catalyst to the precautions gun owners with children in the house must begin to take to prevent devastating events such as this from occurring. According to the first-grade teacher’s lawyer, the school was warned on three separate occasions by staff members about the child as concerns were raised, but these were all dismissed under the reasoning that the young boy had “small pockets”.

While gun violence seems to be a taboo topic in modern politics, the fact of the matter is that regardless of personal beliefs in terms of the fundamental right to property and defense, children as well as teachers deserve to go to school safely without an overwhelming feeling of doom – Lawmakers and those in charge of legislation must do most to protect this nation’s future and the educators who lead the way.