The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
Jared Lee Loughner is a name previously unknown by the average man on the street. Today it is nearly as infamous as the likes of Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth.
For those who many not know him, Loughner is the man accused of shooting Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, representing Arizona’s 8th Congressional district.
Ilustration by Toni Karan
On Jan. 8, Loughner shot Giffords in the head outside a supermarket where she was speaking at a constituent’s meeting.
He also shot 19 other people, killing six.
Giffords, who was initially thought to have been killed, survived the incident and is recovering.
The Arizona shooting reminded America and the world how fragile human life is and how easy it is to take it.
Though exercises are undertaken to prevent and control such occurrences, these acts of violence may not be able to be stopped. This, however, doesn’t mean that we should not try.
Niagara College has yet to carry out a lock-down drill to enlighten students on the actions they should take should such an event occur on campus. One drill set for the summer was cancelled, presumably to be undertaken in the fall when the entire student population was back in classes. The fall drill, however, was not carried out either, for unknown reasons.
It is, therefore, safe to say that we know little to nothing about how we should react as a college to the threat of gun or knife violence on our campuses. If something along the lines of the Arizona shooting happened, the college would probably be thrown into disarray, with several lives lost.
It is human nature to procrastinate until there has been pressure from external forces beyond our control.
Students do homework on the last day in fear of being reprimanded on Monday, and our college seems to be putting off essential drills until someone
Prevention is better than cure, and if that is the price to pay for a higher level of security, I doubt the college will find anyone willing to pay it.