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Debate hots up on epidemic of brutal gun violence in American schools with a gender twist
Consequent to Wednesday's chilling mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, in which reportedly 17 people, mostly students, were killed and 15 injured, when the suspect, who happened to be the former student of the school, ruthlessly opened fire with an assault rifle.

The shocking incident is reported to be the 18th school gun violence reported in 2018 alone that has made news. However, many citizens say the minor incidents of gun violence have not been included in the list.

A much criticised suggestion has come from Education Secretary of United States Betsy DeVos regarding arming and training teachers in order to combat and prevent future school shootings across nation.

Senator Chris Murphy, who has been voicing tighter gun control measures, while responding to DeVos's suggestion, has reportedly said that there was hardly any research evidence that 'more guns led to less gun crime' and equipping schools with guns to curb gun violence on their premises was no solution.

Many Americans now feel that the gun lobby has created a gun-culture and made gun violence a really complex problem. Some feminists see it as a gender based problem since the possessors and perpetrators of gun violence in schools are invariably men.

American comedian Michael Ian Black tweeted, "Deeper even than the gun problems is this: boys are broken."  Thus a debate has also got going for the connection between masculinity and gun wielding.

I also feel that feminization of school education that is devoid of competition and based on the precept of school as community of learners imbibed with a mutual caring spirit and respect for diversity is not created, there is no way out. Providing armed guards, armed teachers and stricter control systems with create new fragmentations and more violence.

A very pertinent synthesised response is to fix both the problem of masculinity as well as that of guns.

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