The debate contains on gun control. The president has signed executive orders. Politicians are trying to decide what weapons to ban, what ammunition to ban, what size magazine should be legal, and our children remain in jeopardy. Once the debating is over and the legislators begin drafting laws we will have to wait until the politicians present a bill that is acceptable to both parties and the president. That, as history shows us, will be a long, drawn out process. Once the laws are enacted and it become illegal to own certain weapons and certain ammunition then the question of enforcement becomes germane. The law will become as difficult to enforce as drug laws. The burden will fall on the taxpayers to fund the “War on Weapons” and all the while our children will still be in jeopardy. We probably do need this legislation and we probably do need to control guns (to some extent), buy we need some immediate solutions because our children are still in jeopardy. We need to do something now while the legislators are figuring out the long term solution. My proposal is arming teachers and hardening access into schools. We need to do something now because our children are in jeopardy.
- February 29, 2000: Flint, Michigan At Buell Elementary School, 6-year-old Dedrick Owens, the youngest-ever school shooter, shot and killed classmate Kayla Rolland.
- May 26, 2000: Lake Worth, Florida Lake Worth Middle School Florida teacher Barry Grunow was fatally shot by his student, 13-year-old Nathaniel Brazill, who had returned to school after being sent home at 1 p.m. by the assistant principal for throwing water balloons. Brazill returned to school on his bike with a 5 inch Raven and four bullets stolen from his grandfather the week before. Brazill was an honor student. Grunow was a popular teacher and Brazill’s favorite.
- August 28, 2000: University of Arkansas shooting at Fayetteville, Arkansas At approximately 12:14 pm, Dr. John R. Locke, 67, Director of the Comparative Literature Program was shot and killed in his office by James E. Kelly, 36, a Comparative Literature PhD candidate who had recently been dismissed from the program for lack of progress towards his degree. Kelly shot Dr. Locke three times before taking his own life in Dr. Locke’s office after it was cordoned off by campus police.[
- September 26, 2000: Darrel Johnson, 13, offender in Louisiana school shooting with 1 student fatality.
- March 5, 2001: Charles Andrew William, age 15, offender in California school shooting at Santana High School, 15 wounded 2 of which died.
- March 30, 2001: Donald R. Burt Jr., age 18, offender in Indiana school shooting with 1 student fatality.
- September 24, 2003: John Jason McLaughlin, age 15, offender in Minnesota school shooting with 2 student fatalities.
- February 2, 2004: Unidentified offender in Washington, DC school shooting with 1 student fatality.
- May 7, 2004: Unidentified 17 year old offender in Maryland school shooting with 1 student fatality.
- March 21, 2005: Jeff Weise, 16 year old offender in Minnesota school shooting. Fatalities include 1 teacher, 5 students, 1 security guard, 2 relatives.
- November 8, 2005: Kenny Bartley, age 15, offender in Tennessee school shooting with 1 principal fatality.
- August 24, 2006: Christopher Williams walked into Essex Elementary School (Essex, Vermont) and opened fire, killing teacher Alicia Shanks after killing his ex-girlfriend’s mother, Linda Lambessis, at home.
- September 27, 2006: Duane Roger Morrison walked into Platte Canyon High School (Bailey, Colorado), took six girls hostages and sexually assaulted them. As police entered the classroom he killed one hostage and then shot himself. He died later that day in a nearby Denver hospital. See Platte Canyon High School hostage crisis.[
- September 29, 2006: Eric Hainstock, 15 year old offender in Weston High School shooting, walked in the school building and shot the high school principal with a handgun after a custodian disarmed him of a shotgun in Cazenovia, Wisconsin.
- October 2, 2006: Charles Carl Roberts IV, a 32 year old a milk truck driver, murdered five Amish girls and injured five others before killing himself in an Amish school in the hamlet of Nickel Mines, in Bart Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
- April 16, 2007: Seung-Hui Cho, age 23, offender in Virginia Tech massacre. 32 students and faculty were killed, along with another 17 students and faculty injured in two separate attacks on the same day.
- February 14, 2008: The Northern Illinois University shooting was a school shooting that took place on February 14, 2008, during which Steven Kazmierczak shot multiple people on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, United States, killing five and injuring 21, before committing suicide.
- October 26, 2009: A graduate student fatally shot himself in the presence of a professor, in the professor’s office, on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University.
- March 26, 2011: Michael Phelps, a 15-year-old suspended student, returned to Martinsville West Middle School in Martinsville, Indiana with a 9mm handgun. In the entrance of the school, Phelps encountered 15-year-old Chance Jackson and shot him twice in the abdomen. Phelps fled the school and dropped the handgun in a field and was arrested shortly after near South Elementary School. As a result, Jackson suffered from life threatening injuries and underwent surgery three times, and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Phelps was convicted of attempted murder in August 2011, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison and 5 years of probation.
- February 27, 2012: Thomas “T.J.” Lane, 17, is believed to have taken a Ruger MK III .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a knife to Chardon High School and fired ten shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table. Three students died in the attack; a 16-year-old boy died immediately, and two other male students died from their wounds the following day. Three other students were injured. Lane was arrested when he was standing near his car parked near the school, and he is charged with murder, attempted murder, and firearms offenses.
- August 24, 2012: In Homer, Georgia, a 16-year-old student at Banks County High School fatally shot himself in a school restroom.
- August 27, 2012: In Perry Hall, Maryland, a suburban community of Baltimore, Robert Gladden, 15, allegedly took a double barrel shotgun to Perry Hall High School and fired shots inside the school cafeteria. A 17-year-old senior with Down syndrome was hit in the lower back while he was sitting at a table and suffered critical wounds. Gladden was immediately subdued by school faculty members, and was arrested. He is facing numerous attempted murder charges and firearms offenses.
- September 26, 2012: In Stillwater, Oklahoma, Cade Poulos, 13, shot himself in the head shortly before classes started at Stillwater Junior High School.
- November 29, 2012: In Taylorsville, Utah, David Phan, 14, shot himself in front of other students. Phan reportedly was suspended from Bennion Junior High School on the day of his suicide. His mother picked him up from school at about 1:30 pm and took her son home before returning to work. According to the local newspaper, it was not immediately clear why Phan was suspended from the school. Phan then took a gun from a locked safe in his home and walked back to the school around 3 pm. He met a group of students on the pedestrian bridge over 6200 South near 2700 West, where he pulled out the gun he had carried with and shot himself in front of those students. The 911 call was received at 3:05 pm. Later investigation revealed that Phan could have been a victim of bullying for being thought a homosexual. The Granite School District has not publicly released the reason for his suspension or any possible records of him having been bullied.
- December 14, 2012: Adam Lanza, aged 20, killed 27 people and himself at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He first killed his mother at their shared home before taking her guns and driving to the school. During the attack, 20 first-grade children aged six and seven were killed, along with six adults, including the principal and the school psychologist.
That is all there is to say, there is not more. The above says it all.
Those are my thoughts, what are yours?