Living In Fear
This is reality I (along with all other parents) live with every morning. Of course I try and ignore it and not let it bother me, but it's there. Last week my son's school went on lockdown. Apparently, there was a man with a gun running loose, we didn't receive much more info other than that. We did learn he was an escaped convict and not a teenager with an assault rifle. This is terrifying stuff here guys. On the other hand, kudos to the school for acting fast with the lockdown and keeping the kids safe of course.
The shooting at the high school in Oregon yesterday, marks the 74th shooting at a school since Sandy Hook. The attack was with a semi-automatic assault weapon, by a 14 year old freshman, who was a student at the school. The attack happened at 8 in the morning, he was wearing all black, a vest and a helmet. He shot and killed a student, injured a teacher and was cornered in the bathroom where he was found dead, probably self inflicted. Here is a chart that shows all the shootings at schools since Sandy Hook:
We're the only developing country in the world where this happens and it's happening an average of once a week now. It turns out responsible gun owners -- who are part of the NRA no less -- are in favor of better gun-control measures. Out of the NRA's 4 million members, three out of four want buyers to complete background checks before they purchase. Former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, told Rolling Stone magazine: "Their members are much more rational than the management of the NRA, they're out of touch."
Information sources: CBS News, Rolling Stone magazine, Huffington Post.