Barely a month after the horrifying gun massacre at Stoneman-Douglas high school and as the debate about what to do about the nation’s epidemic of school shootings rages on, more American children have died in their classrooms at the hands of a gunman.
Three people – two students and an adult – were injured this afternoon at Huffman High School in Alabama when a firearm was discharged. One of the students passed away on the way to the hospital while another is in critical condition. The adult was treated at the scene and released, according to AL.com.
So far this year, 490 kids between the ages of 12 and 17 have been killed by gunfire.
— Jonathan Hardison (@FOX6Hardison) March 7, 2018
Police believe at this time that the shooting was an accident, which would make the incident yet another heartbreaking illustration of why the right-wing plan to stop school shooters by arming teachers or posting armed guards in schools is so absurdly counterproductive.
The stories told by the students themselves are very confusing, and it’s clear that we have to wait for the conclusion of the police inquiry to find out what really happened.
— #WVTM13 (@WVTM13) March 7, 2018
Since the massacre in Parkland, Florida, there have been at least six attempted school shootings foiled by watchful parents or the plotters’ own amateurism.
The knee-jerk reaction of National Rifle Association spokespeople and Second Amendment fetishists is always to cry for more guns in public spaces, but anyone who isn’t accepting cheques from the gun lobby can see that what our nation desperately needs is less guns – not more.