Another day, another shooting. L.A. Times:
At least two people were shot at Taft Union High School in Kern County on Thursday morning and the suspected shooter has been taken into custody, according to local media reports.
The shooter and the victims were all students.
And via Amanda Terkel at HuffPo, some sad irony:
As Vice President Joe Biden held a press conference announcing the progress of the White House’s gun violence task force on Thursday, news broke that there had been two people shot in a school shooting in California. The news grimly underscored the urgency — and difficulty — of addressing the problem of mass gun violence. [...]
Per Terkel, since 1982, there have been 62 mass shootings in America. Twenty-five of them occurred since 2006, with seven in 2012.
Meantime, as Paddy posted earlier, Ed Schultz interviewed a teacher who wants to carry a concealed gun into the classroom without notifying the students’ parents.
One more time, the U.S. has the highest gun ownership per capita in the world. Instead, we have far more gun-related killings than any other developed country.
Marketing and selling more guns (thank you NRA) is not the solution.
But whatever we do, we must never so much as think about common sense gun safety and legislation. The freedom to shoot people is way more important than the freedom to stay alive.
UPDATE (not an update on the shooting story, but a general gun violence update):
12 yo dead. “I don’t think this child… had any intent other than to show off his Xmas present.” A 20 gauge shotgun. bit.ly/11k9RTB
— David Waldman (@KagroX) January 10, 2013