Sunday April 22, 29 year-old Travis Reinking approached a Waffle House in Tennessee at 3:30 a.m and used an “assault rifle type” gun to shoot two people standing outside and two people inside. The shooting ended when a customer, James Shaw Jr., wrestled the weapon away from the gunman, who then fled on foot. The police searched for the shooter for 34 hours before receiving a community tip leading to Reinking's arrest in a wooded area near his Nashville apartment on Monday. This incident is leading many Americans to ask the burning question: When do all of the shootings end?
Most people are pointing fingers at gun rights, saying that it’s too easy for the wrong people to purchase a gun. Other people are blaming it on mental health, saying that mental illness is always the case when you hear about a shooting.
Senior Brandon Ball said “I think it’s both. I don’t think that we should take guns away from everybody. But only the people who shouldn’t have a gun in their hands.”
Many Americans are saying that we can take one step closer to a peaceful nation if we follow a certain law. People who suffer from mental illness to the point where they are a danger to themselves or others, or those with multiple run-ins with the law, will not be allowed to possess guns for a certain amount of time. Which begs another question: Will that solve all of the shooting problems?
Sophomore Evan Bain said, “I don’t think it will stop all of the shootings. It may slow it down vaguely. We are only tackling the people with criminal records and dangerous mental illness. That doesn’t include the nobodies who just show up and kill people.”
Making gun laws more strict will not stop all violence. Masses of people won’t die at the same time as often, but people are still going to kill people. But it is one step closer to saving many lives from the hand of a criminal.