I saw the news alerts all day and I got your emails, but I figured I’d let this one shake itself out before I’d write anything. It seems that a 16-year-old with a specific target in mind took a shotgun to school, shot a classmate after shooting at another who refused medical treatment. According to Fox News, there is an armed officer at the school, but today he was snowed in and couldn’t get there.
When the shots were fired, the teacher began trying to get the more than two dozen students out a back door and also engaged the shooter in conversation to distract him, Youngblood said. A campus supervisor responding to a call of shots fired also began talking to him.
“They talked him into putting the shotgun down,” Youngblood said.
The sheriff said that at one point the shooter told the teacher, “I don’t want to shoot you” and named the person he wanted to shoot.
The shooter may have had up to 20 shotgun rounds in his pockets, he said.
So an “assault weapon ban” wouldn’t have stopped this guy. And since he’s only 16 years old, I guess it’s safe to say he didn’t purchase the gun himself. It goes back to what I said after the Connecticut shooting, gun owners have to be responsible and lock up their guns when they don’t have them in their possession. Mine are locked up because I don’t want to help turn a common thief into an armed criminal.