The U.S. citizens and the world have been shattered by the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February. The number of deaths occurred in the incident were 17 and number of fatally injured people were also 17. The incident gave rise to reconsideration of laws regarding gun control. However, the U.S. government did not give it a thought and only rendered sympathy and prayers. People from different levels were urging to have gun control policy reformation, but nothing was changed, and the matter was not given much attention from government’s side. Then another incident followed recently in the YouTube headquarters at San Bruno, California. An active female shooter introduced a chaos during the lunch hour. She opened fire and injured three people. Fortunately, there were no victims. After an open fire, the shooter killed herself. However, the identity and motive of the shooter have not been clarified.
This incident sent a wave of shock in the Silicon Valley and tech world. YouTube and Google received support, and gratitude was rendered for first responders. “I know a lot of you are in shock right now,” wrote Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai, in a note to employees. “Over the coming days, we will continue to provide support to help everyone in our Google family heal from this unimaginable tragedy.”
This incident raises questions about the security at YouTube HQ. But, there is a bigger picture that needs more focus. The questions on gun control reforms are raised again. The lack of reaction from the Trump administration provides a road free for violence at public places. These incidents may be an outburst of psychological or mental issues. The intentions of mass shooter are clarified sometimes, but sometimes they are shrouded in mystery. It is the responsibility of the Trump administration to ensure that gun distribution is controlled with appropriate policies, so the outburst will not result in mass shooting.
Reacting on the YouTube HQ incident, Donald Trump tweeted, “Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene.” On his tweet, the Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded, “We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots. It’s beyond time to evolve our policies. This is a simple and reasonable approach, and it won’t solve all, but it’s a good start: https://marchforourlives.com/how-we-save-lives/”
The Twitter CEO mentioned this link, which is a blog post that provides useful information about steps to be taken to end the violence through lunatic mass shootings. It offers insights on how lives can be saved by prevention of mass shootings. There is a need to restore the funding for gun violence research and gun violence prevention program. The restrictions put by the government on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) must be lifted to enable it to regulate the gun industry. Moreover, it has become very easy to purchase a firearm. The private sale loophole must be closed and there must be background checks on all the sales. The high-powered weapons must be limited for military use to eliminate the possibility of mass shooting. Though many suggestions can be given about controlling the gun, an appropriate action from the government is needed. Else, there will be no change in circumstances and the mass shooting incidents will continue.