A student wounded two schoolmates then died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound today at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The high school has 2,229 students and sits 10 miles from Columbine High School, where 15 people died and 21 were injured during the Columbine massacre of 1999. It may not be coincidence that this happened today, the day before the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, which took the lives of 26 people, mostly first graders.
According to NBC News, “The shooter, a male student, said he was looking for a specific teacher by name when the incident began about 12:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET).” The incident is now considered over, all students have been evacuated, and law enforcement officials are believed to be talking to the shooter’s family. The school is in the same county as Aurora, Colorado, where the Dark Knight massacre occurred in 2012.
It’s interesting to note that just a few weeks ago, on November 27th, Colorado state senator Evie Hudak, who had represented “a district that includes Denver’s western suburbs since 2008,” announced her resignation, less than a week before opponents planned to submit petitions to recall her “over her support of gun control laws,” Fox News reports. Fox notes, “The recall efforts came after Colorado’s Democratic Legislature and governor last year approved a slate of gun-control measures including ammunition magazine limits and expanded background checks.” State senators John Morse and Angela Giron were recalled in September “in favor of Republican replacements over their support of the legislation.”
We here at Babble have been writing about school shootings and gun control laws for years, but as The Daily Beast notes, nothing has changed in spite of the tragedy at Sandy Hook and all those that came before it. Brandy Zadrozny writes, “In the year since 20 first-graders were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, another school shooting has taken place in America every two weeks on average.” When will we ever learn?
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