NEVADA STUDENT KILLS TEACHER AND WOUNDS TWO CLASSMATES IN ANOTHER SCHOOL SHOOTING – Apparently without reason yet another senseless killing has occurred in the U.S after a student took his parents handgun, walked into Sparks Middle School, Nevada and opened fire.
As students ran for cover screaming one teacher, trying to help students escape, was shot dead. Reno Police Department has named the murdered victim as Mike Landsberry, who taught math at the school; Mike Landsberry was also a former Marine who served several tours in Afghanistan.
During the rampage the student opened fire numerous times resulting in the wounding of two students.
The authorities are still investigating the scene and at present details of the shooting remain sketchy; authorities have stated that the motive for the attack was not yet clear.
At the end of the shooting the student turned the gun on himself and took his own life. Nevada authorities are in shock and described the place as chaos last night.
A 13 year old student reported that Mike Landsberry was shot dead by the student as he attempted to calm the student and get him to put the gun down.
Of the two students injured one was reported to have been shot in the stomach whilst the other was shot in the shoulder; both are currently being treated for their injuries.
Officials reported that the local authorities received emergency calls at approximately 7:15 a.m regarding a person on campus with a gun.
Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval told reporters that he is in a complete state of shock and that investigators are working around the clock in order to determine the events leading up to the shooting and the shooting itself.
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There is already chatter on the wire where this latest incident yet again highlights the dangers of rampant gun ownership in the U.S.
Some are referring the incident with Sandy Hook Elementary School were 26 people tragically lost their lives and again this incident will once again bring gun ownership and gun laws into debate.
The immediate question is how did a young boy manage to obtain his parents gun? Again it has to be asked as to whether it was necessary to keep a firearm in any house.
Yes, those in the National Rifle Association (NRA) will argue that it is every American’s right under the 2nd Amendment to ‘bear arms and protect themselves’ but this fall woefully short of labeling this as a ‘necessity’.
Again the argument that guns don’t kill people, people kill people, is being used as an excuse. Yes it is a fact that a gun is simply a tool to kill and without a person it is completely harmless; the trouble here is that there appears far too many American’s who are willing to kill other American’s if they feel threatened.
America is often seen as the embodiment of social violence and yet there are countries, such as Thailand, where violent gun crime is far higher per capita.
The issue here appears not about the people but rather the proliferation of gun ownership and whilst the 2nd Amendment may provide a legal route to mass gun ownership such a trend doesn’t provide a ‘necessity’ – just because you can do something, doesn’t always mean you should.
After the Dunblane Primary School killings on March 13th 1996 the British Government, in support of public opinion, outlawed the legal ownership of all handguns. Other firearms, such as shotguns, also came under scrutiny and as such obtaining a licence remains difficult.
Did the British find a solution; albeit an unpopular one with gun enthusiasts? It is fair to say that Britain has fewer than 200 gun related deaths a year out of a population of 63 million whereas the United States has close to 12,000 with a population of 320 million.
The levels of gun related crime, across Europe are also markedly lower compared with the United States and again this is due to the restrictive nature of gun ownership.
Let’s stick to the argument that ‘guns’ are not the problem. If this statement, often used by the NRA, is true then the only other possible reason for such a high gun crime rate is the American people – does the notion that ‘guns are not the problem’ therefore suggest that American’s are basically psychotic or maybe simply barbaric?
Regardless how this latest killing is debated one thing remains clear; unless the American people are prepared to look deep within themselves and their society and then accept changes must be made in order to protect our children then senseless deaths of this nature will continue to be reported across the world and the world’s people will ask the question…
‘Are you still willing to put your 2nd Amendment Rights above the lives of your children?’