Another School Shooting
Today there was yet another school shooting. USA Today reports the following.
The shooter who opened fire Friday morning at Washington state's Marysville-Pilchuck High School played football and was recently named to the homecoming court.
Freshman Jaylen Fryberg walked into the school's cafeteria, went up to a table with students, "came up from behind ... and fired about six bullets into the backs of them," witness Jordan Luton told CNN. "They were his friends, so it wasn't just random," Luton said.
The attacker shot five people, killing one, authorities said. A federal law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Investigators "are confident that there is only one single shooter," Marysville police spokesman Robb Lamoureux told reporters.
Four people were wounded, Sgt. Ryan Dalberg of Everett Police told CNN. Three were in critical condition and one was in serious condition, according to officials. ...
Authorities first learned about the shooting after getting a 911 phone call around 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET) from someone inside the school, which is north of Seattle and Everett, Lamoureux said.
It was an early lunch break at the school of about 2,500 students that sits in the heart of Marysville, a small city bisected by the major thoroughfare connecting the region with Vancouver, British Columbia.
Yes, this school shooting is a part of a national epidemic on gun carnage. It is an epidemic that both our politicians and our citizens seem incapable of fixing even though a fix is not at all difficult. Until Americans neuter the undue influence of the NRA, our children and fellow citizens will continue to be victims of the carnage.
One hopes that this tragic event will force Americans to vote appropriately. Unless they elect politicians willing to buck the National Rifle Association, these tragic events will continue.