In the wake of the Florida school shooting that has left 17 dead, politicians who typically promote Second Amendment rights to gun ownership have already gone into a defensive crouch.
At a press conference near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Gov. Rick Scott, a favorite of the National Rifle Association (NRA) parried away a question about gun control by mumbling public about a “mental health” crisis in America before saying this was not a good time to talk about politics.
With Trump administration failing to address Gun violence in schools, #EndGunViolence has become a war for many Americans. Twitter exploded with #EndGunViolence and #MarchForOurLives in support of Parkland victims, which started an online discussion on second amendment.
Gun violence in the US is at an all-time high. In 2017 alone, there 372 instances of mass shooting in United States.
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of people to keep and bear arms. It was a part of first 10 amendments adopted in 1791 through bill of rights. It was felt that Americans at that time should have gun or firearms to defend themselves against British. People with disturbed backgrounds have used this law’s loopholes and political fight to their benefit and getting away by killing innocent Americans.
While the politicians are divided over the second amendment; Common Americans are left with nothing but social media to make their voices heard
The recent school shooting at Parkland, Florida has further divided the opinion over NRA funding of political campaigns and its stance of protecting second amendment has spilled on to social media. Senator of Florida Marco Rubio has come under fire for not being able to scrap second amendment while he has tried explaining his stance on it.
The facts of the Florida school shooting have not yet been established and the motivations of the shooter remain unknown.
There is very little that anyone can say with certainty about what particular law or practice might have prevented or minimized the carnage.
That is not a defense of quietism or indifference, but good policy and law making must acknowledge the limits of government action.
What happened in Florida is beyond awful, but laws and policies that have no chance of achieving their purposes either won’t remedy it.