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#Enough

#Enough

#Enough
May 09
18:06 2019

Jesus Sanchez Melean

It happened again in Colorado. A shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch left one student dead and eight injured. The sad part is that the name of the fatal victim and those injured will be forgotten. They will become another number. Per data gathered by Brady Campaign, in average, every day in the U.S. 7 individuals under 19 die due to gun violence. Meanwhile, another 39 remain alive every day, but with serious injuries due to violent incidents with guns.

It is worrisome that most of these violent incidents take place inside schools. The school violence that takes place in the U.S. has serious implications. Schools, even if they are private or charter, are considered a place of public interest. The community, law enforcement and other state officials have something to say on how schools operate or how they take care of students.

A few hours after the Highlands Ranch incidents, Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado said that “schools should be a place for learning, not fear. They should be a safe place. We shouldn’t have to worry about being marched out, airlifted to hospitals or losing one’s life in a place that’s supposed to be a safe place for all students,” he stated. The argument by the governor found an answer on the speech by Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson Kluth.

Kluth explained to the press that Colorado law enforcement agents receive a rigorous and ample training to deal with a crisis like that occurred in Highlands Ranch. The officer said that law enforcement got to the school in less than two minutes after the alarm was activated by the school authorities.

Kluth emphasized that acting swiftly was the key to neutralizing the shooters in few minutes. Their quick capture clearly reduced the number of potential victims. This quick intervention saved lives because they were there a lot sooner than the paramedics. There is no doubt that law enforcement is a lot more prepared now to handle situations of violence in Colorado. There is evidence that we are moving in the right direction, as far as quick response goes.

Susana Córdova, Superintendent of the Denver Public Schools (DPS), revealed the existence of a coordinated plan amongst all school districts in the State to learn and act in situations like the one that took place in Highlands Ranch. Córdova, who leads the most populated school district in Colorado, said that school districts share intelligence when these situations take place, to determine whether these are isolated cases and to act accordingly.

Córdova also highlighted that fact that school districts will be implementing additional measures to prevent the copycat effect that the events at Highlands Ranch might cause. School districts will be placing additional officers inside and outside of the schools to deter potential aggressors. No doubt Córdova’s actions bring a bit of solace. However, concerns remain high for events that might take place outside of the schools.

We are seeing once again a case in which minors are carrying guns. I would like to know how these guns got into the hands of the Highlands Ranch aggressors. Protecting the schools is not enough. It would make more sense to approve measures that would limit and prohibit the sale of guns to people not apt to own them. At the same time, the Colorado red flag law must be effective without delay. Guns can’t be accessible to those who do not have the mental stability to own them. The number of victims of gun violence is #Enough. I don’t want any more victims to become simple numbers and statistics.

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