Sunday, December 15, 2013

Colorado's shooting -- over in 80 seconds

Give thanks the school was not relying on a 911 response to quickly end the taken of lives.

Despite the thinking on the left, a strong case for allowing school officials to have guns. 
In this shooting, an armed school resource officer averted a greater tragedy.
"He took no effort to conceal the fact that he was armed," said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.
In less than 80 seconds, Karl Pierson "fired one random shot down a hallway," then entered an area where 17-year-old Claire Esther Davis was seated with a friend, "and shot the female victim point-blank" in the head. "There was no time for the victim to run from the shooter," Robinson told reporters on Saturday.
Pierson then fired another round down a hallway, then entered the library, where he fired again and ignited one of the Molotov cocktails, according to Robinson.
That ignited at least three bookshelves, causing smoke to pour into the library.
He then fired a fifth round and ran to the library's back corner, "and there took his own life."
By 12:35 p.m., it was all over.
"His intent was evil, and his evil intent was to harm multiple individuals," Robinson said about Pierson, whose entrance into the school was documented on security cameras, as was the bulk of the one minute, 20 seconds of violence that ensued.
The rampage might have resulted in many more casualties had it not been for the quick response of a deputy sheriff who was working as a school resource officer at the school, Robinson said.
Once he learned of the threat, he ran -- accompanied by an unarmed school security officer and two administrators -- from the cafeteria to the library, Robinson said. "It's a fairly long hallway, but the deputy sheriff got there very quickly."
The deputy was yelling for people to get down and identified himself as a county deputy sheriff, Robinson said. "We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and, while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life."

Troubling to learn that unarmed school security officers were working in the school. Why weren't they armed also?   Without knowing the answer, I gather the argument they didn't have the training of a police officer, so they can't be armed. In my opinion a bogus argument. Provide the training and be done with it!
As reported in the past, shootings that take place in gun free zones in many cases are terminated upon the arrival of an armed person, with the end result being the shooter taken his own life. Only a psychiatrist can answer why the suicide, but we see this time and time again!
The shooter was 18 years old and legally purchased the shotgun and ammunition.  A shotgun that would not be illegal to own in any of the 50 states!
No background check, either state or federal, in any state would have denied his purchase.
It was reported that he recently had issues (undiagnosed bipolar disorder?) but nothing that would make anyone think that he was capable of doing anything of this nature as it was also reported he was anti-gun and disliked republicans (from his postings on the internet) and his thinking was left of center.

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