Umpqua Community College Shooting
The University of Iowa; 5 dead, including the killer.
Lindhurst High School; 4 dead and 10 injured.
Pearl High School; 3 dead, 7 injured.
Thurston High School; 4 dead, 23 wounded.
Columbine High School; 15 dead, 21 wounded. The 2 killers are counted among the fatalities.
Red Lake Senior High School; 10 dead, 7 wounded. The killer is counted among the fatalities.
West Nickle Mines School; 6 dead, 3 wounded. The killer is counted among the fatalities.
Virginia Tech; 33 dead, 25 wounded. The killer is counted among the fatalities.
Northern Illinois University; 6 dead, 21 wounded. The killer is counted among the fatalities.
Sandy Hook Elementary School; 28 dead, 2 wounded. The killer and his mom who he killed before going to the school are counted among the fatalities.
Marysville Pilchuck High School; 5 dead, 1 wounded. The killer is counted among the fatalities.
Now, Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon joins the list of mass school shootings.
Yesterday, Chris Harper Mercer killed 9 people and wounded 7 others. Mercer is counted among the total fatalities of 10. He was killed by police. According to CNN, Mercer was armed with three handguns and an AR-15-style long gun.
Kortney Moore, 18, told the News-Review she was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when a shot came through the window. Moore said she saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter then reportedly told the students to get on the ground before asking people to stand up and state their religion. He then began firing. Moore said she was lying on the ground with people who had been shot.
At this time, I don’t want to write about the killer. Hollywoodlife has reported 5 things you need to know about Mercer, including clearing up early rumors . CBS has published about Mercer’s background. Right now, I don’t really care. What I care about is gun control.
It is said that guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Let’s apply that to motorized vehicles; cars and trucks don’t kill people, people kill people. However, in order to legally drive, the person must pass a test, get a state issued license, and in most states, have insurance. The license is generally renewed every few years. For those owning vehicles, most states require that registration is renewed every year.
Why can’t the same regulations be placed on gun owners?
Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms, but I am sorry – when that was written, automatic guns did not exist. Let people own muskets and revolvers. Regulate all other guns.
President Obama gave a riveting statement yesterday. Saying to the families and the wounded that they have our prayers is becoming so common that it means nothing anymore unless we do something about gun control.
Source of school shootings: Wikipedia,