The lessons Columbine taught us

The Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution guarantees the individual right to owning firearms and to use them for self-defense, with all the risks it implies

The lessons Columbine taught us
On April 20, 1999, two teenagers killed a dozens students in the U.S. - Photo: Brendan McDermid/REUTERS
English 14/04/2019 09:18 Mexico City Editorial Actualizada 09:32
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It's been almost 20 years since the Columbine massacre, a paradigmatic example of mass shootings at schools, not because of the number of deaths, which has been unfortunately surpassed in other shootings, but because it was widely covered and had a great impact on society, not only in the United States but all over the world.

In recent times, humanity has been affected by hate crimes perpetrated by people who had easy access to weapons, such as the white supremacist who killed dozens in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand or the two students in Sao Paulo, Brazil, weeks after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro announced it was legal to carry guns “because people decided it.”

On the other hand, some sectors in the U.S. feel such devotion and obsession for weapons, especially teenagers. Along with violent tendencies, this obsession has pushed them beyond the limits of their right to self-defense and they have murdered hundreds of innocents. Their victims are usually those with whom they had disagreements, and in some cases, these criminals have used guns and rifles against their classmates and colleagues, using guns that belonged to them or to those close to them, which were within reach inside their homes.

The Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution guarantees the individual right to owning firearms and to use them for self-defense, with all the risks it implies. Nowadays, it's terrifying to know that in the U.S., up to two-thirds of society are against banning guns, which shows that people are afraid of being attacked, that they don't trust the police, and that the U.S. citizens also feel plagued by insecurity.

On several occasions, President Donald Trump has talked about his fantasy of a safer country, where the citizens perform the duty the police isn't fulfilling, also, it is incredible that an industry dedicated to the manufacturing and distribution of weapons has been able to deceive so many people in regards to an issue that is quite obvious to the rest of the world: carrying weapons will eventually turn against those who own them, because its possession requires mental and emotional stability to understand that it is better to own then but never to use them.

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