When will we learn? Apparently, not soon enough because there are daily shootings all across the US. It is only those with high body counts that we hear of, and this latest school shooting to take place is one of them. A cousin texted me to ask if I’d heard of the school shooting, to which I responded with ‘no’. I immediately went to Reddit where this school shooting news already had more than 40,000 views! I then Googled it, and read about the tragedy on NBC News.
At least 17 people were killed when a teen opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Fourteen others were wounded, five of whom suffering life-threatening injuries, hospital officials said.
Authorities said the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, concealed himself in the crowd fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was arrested in nearby Coral Springs and later charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.Cruz had recently been expelled from Douglas for disciplinary reasons and was enrolled elsewhere in the district, Broward County schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said.
The FBI was alerted six months ago after a YouTube user named “Nikolas Cruz” posted a comment stating “I’m going to be a professional school shooter” on the video site, BuzzFeed reported early Thursday.
Cruz’s mother died in early November and he had been staying with a local family — whose son is a junior at Douglas, the family’s attorney told NBC Miami. “He lived here without any concerns or issues for almost three months and they are shocked and horrified by the allegations being made,” lawyer Jim Lewis said, adding that his clients are fully cooperating with investigators.
Several students told NBC News that the school had gone through a fire drill earlier in the day. They said the fire alarm sounded again just before the shots were heard. Relieved parents like Lisette Rozenblet, whose daughter attends the school, also said she was told that a fire alarm was pulled about the time the shots began. But her daughter’s teacher, sensing that it might be a trap, told the students to stay in the classroom, she said. “Her biggest fear is a school shooting,” Rozenblet said of her daughter. “She is always begging me to be home-schooled because she was scared of this.”
Nikolas Cruz, described as a loner by a former classmate, had once been expelled from a Parkland, Florida, high school for disciplinary reasons. On Wednesday, the 19-year-old former student returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and is suspected of gunning down at least 17 people, in a massacre that has now become one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Investigators believe that the suspect pulled the fire alarm to draw people out and get a higher death toll, according to a law enforcement source.
He is also believed to have concealed himself among the hundreds of students fleeing the school, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators were able to identify Cruz from school security videos and found him in a nearby neighborhood in Coral Springs, Florida, according to police. Officers arrested him without incident. He is talking to investigators, according to a law enforcement source.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz’s digital profile contained what he called “very, very disturbing” content. He had a variety of gun and violence-related postings on social media sites. Postings under the name Nikolas Cruz included threatening comments under videos on YouTube and other sites, including “I whana shoot people with my AR-15” (sic), “I wanna die Fighting killing s**t ton of people” and “I am going to kill law enforcement one day they go after the good people.”
On his Instagram page, Cruz posted a photo of a shotgun, in another photo he is shown brandishing a pistol that appears to be a type of BB gun. In other pictures he is covering his face with a kerchief, and brandishing long knives. Police say Cruz was armed with multiple magazines and at least one AR-15 style rifle. – CNN
When is enough’s enough? When are Americans going to accept the fact that unless something is done as soon as possible about gun control, these shootings will continue to take place in our nation? There have been 6 – 10 shootings in US schools this year so far – yes, that many! – not to mention all the other shootings that occur. Workplace shootings, family shootings, politically motivated shootings, ‘my SO pissed me off’ shootings, shootings ‘just for the hell of it’.
B-B-But muh Constitutional rights! Listen, ignoramuses – the Constitution was composed at a time when the United States was almost a different country. This is 2018. We need to add an Amendment to the Constitution, and it should be one that restricts gun ownership. It worked for Australia. “We have an opportunity in this country not to go down the American path.” Those were the words of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard before he radically changed Australia’s gun laws and – many believe – rid the country of gun violence on a large scale. In April 1996, 35 people were killed by a gunman, Martin Bryant, wielding semi-automatic weapons at a former prison colony and tourist attraction in Tasmania. This became known as the Port Arthur massacre, and it was a turning point for Australia. – BBC