Gun Safety Assembly

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Gun Safety Assembly

Bella Fieldman and Keitlin Ushe

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April 20 was the National School Walkout Day and CSS students could not participate in the walk out due to field trips. However, students participated in an assembly that not only informed them of this protest, but discussed ways to deal with it and improve the situation that has been an ongoing topic within our society.

The National School Walkout is a movement powered and led by students across the country. They are protesting congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence. Luckily, we in New York City live under stricter laws that prohibit handguns from being easily accessed.

The CSS community was very alert on this issue as many people stepped forward to share what they thought. Student body president, Rusat Ramgopal, initiated the discussion by asking “what would you do to help the issue”; coming after he gave many facts about previous school shootings and other atrocities.

John Riley, junior, also expressed much concern on it.

“We need to educate the people on guns because we have to learn guns are dangerous” Riley stated. “This will be the best way to keep guns out of our schools and make a better future for our children.”

The discussion as well was very productive. Seniors especially were very active on the debate, as they are trying to make last minute changes at CSS before graduating.

“It was a successful assembly and that all students who participated gave very thoughtful feedback,” stated Aboubacar Diallo and Sita Kone.

This was not just another walk out — it was a special, yet sad anniversary for our country. The Columbine High School shooting occurred on this day, 19 years ago. It was one of the first of many mass shootings in America, and this was before these tragedies became normalized. People did not know what to do and it caused fear for parents and students everywhere.

On April 20, 1999 two students walked into the high school with loaded guns. Along with a complex system of bombs set inside the building, the two killed 12 students and one teacher, while injuring dozens more. They subsequently committed suicide, passing with no explanation for their actions.

Their easy access to guns gave them the means for this attack, as it does for people all over the world who are able to obtain weaponry and use it however they please. We can see proof of this in the countless other shootings happening all over the country and is the strongest reason why everyone needs to take a step back and see the full damage that is being caused by access to guns. Walkouts like the one on April 20 are helping to raise awareness for these issues and alerting Congress of our opinions.

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