Safety within a community is vital for its well-being, especially in Longwood University. Longwood University is a small school that holds upwards to 5,000 students vastly different then the other colleges within Virginia. In Farmville through this school is the heart of the town and the threats toward Longwood also affect it. Gun control is a key concern for students and faculty. In the last ten years, school shootings and shootings in general have almost become commonplace in our society. Beginning with Columbine and ending recently with the shooting in Virginia Tech, violence has become the method for troubled teens and young adults to express their anger upon the world. The consequences for these expressions are too costly to be ignored and must be approached in order to obtain a safer environment.
The greatest concern is not just at the recent increases in the number violent incidents but its proximity to the Longwood community. As mentioned, one of the closest acts was in Virginia Tech, which is nothing more than four hours away from Farmville. The closeness of the problem only makes it that much more visible and even more worrisome. If Virginia Tech can be hit, how secure than is Longwood? One key difference is the size of the campus, Longwood due to the population is a faction of the size of other big school thus giving it a much better reaction time. Another problem is the individuals that commit these acts of violence at schools. The individuals that comment them are like all the other students within the schools but have either suffered from others and or have severe emotional issues that compound leading toward violence. What makes matters worse is the fact that in the state of Virginia any individual can gain access to a gun, thus making it easier for troubles individuals to gain these weapons. For these problem individuals their access to such weapons need to be restricted, through better background and psyche evaluation these people might be able to be weeded out.
Dissenters toward the restriction of gun within Virginia and Longwood community might see a problem with this solution. Their concern will be the limitation or prohibiting of guns within the state of Virginia. They will see this action as another to the elimination of gun in the United States and will fight against it. This will lead to conflicting ideas on which the author would disagree with the NRA and gun freedom. Now it is not wished that guns be completely cut off from the populous, but more towards the better monitoring of whom the guns are sold to.
The main point of this argument is not to go to the opposite extreme of gun lovers and profess the end of guns in the states, but for the concern of the safety of our community. If actions are not taken and violence in schools continues, it is not the fault of those who committed the act but with those who let it happen in the first place.