Friday, February 15, 2008

Is Sharpshooting Now A School Requirement?

Another mass murder at another American school. This time at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Illinois. As of this writing, six are dead (including the gunman, and sixteen others are injured (including the teacher).

The shooter entered the service door of a lecture hall and began shooting. He was in the back of the stage area, behind the lectern, when he opened fire and then took his own life.

This shooting follows close on the heels of three other school shootings in the past week:

At Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a woman shot two other students before committing suicide.

A high school gym class in Memphis, Tennessee, was the site of a shooting that's left a student critically wounded. Shot by a fellow student.

At a junior high in Oxnard, California, a 15-year-old student was shot and has been declared brain dead.

Four school shootings within seven days! At least seven dead.

What is the common denominator in these shootings that happened within seven days of each other in California, Tennessee, Illinois, and Louisiana? Not the place, not the race of the shooters or victims, not the education level of the institution, not the class of those involved. The common denominator is guns.

These people were shot with guns, and more often these days the guns are in the hands of children and young adults from middle class families.

And all of these guns are constitutionally protected.

That's right, the gun manufacturers have convinced Americans that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees their right to produce as many guns as they want, and distribute in any manner they deem fit, with impunity.

Something tells me that the founding fathers would be appalled by our interpretation of their writings.

When will you do something about this?

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