Deadly Oregon School Shooting Is 37th This Year

gunIt's becoming an all too familiar headline: there was yet another school shooting. This time a Portland, Oregon, high school hosted the frightening and bloody scene. The lone gunman opened fire, killing one student in the school gymnasium and injuring a teacher.

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Naturally, it sent staff and the 2,800 students into a panic and into lockdown mode. As what has become the norm in these situations, kids were ushered into classrooms and the doors locked tight. Once authorities arrived and canvased the grounds, they found the shooter dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in one of the Reynolds High School bathrooms.

Who was this mad, homicidal young man? According to cops, he was a teenage boy. However, it's unclear whether or not he was a student there.

If only this story were a rare, random act of violence. Sadly, it is all too common. In fact, this is the 37th school shooting so far this year and the 74th rampage since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Just last week, there was a shooting at Seattle Pacific University, where one person was killed and two others injured. Aaron Ybarra had reportedly detailed his deadly plans in his journal before going through with it. Fortunately, he was pepper-sprayed and wrestled to the floor by a brave student, who held him down until police arrived.

And who can forget those eerie YouTube videos by Elliot Rodger, who wanted to enact vengeance against the women who spurned him. His rampage ended the lives of 6 people and injured 13. Then there was Mason Campbell, a middle school student in New Mexico who picked off his victims at random at the school gymnasium. He reportedly planned his attack in advance before taking a shotgun from his home. By the grace of God, no one died in that particular attack, but a 12-year-old was critically injured.

These incidences leave us all shaking our heads asking why? Why are these kids choosing to do this? And why is it so easy for them to get their hands on guns? There are no easy answers nor easy solutions. If that were the case, there would be far fewer crimes like this.

Why do you think there are so many school shootings these days?

 

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