Taft High School Shooting Takes Place During Joe Biden's Press Conference on Gun Violence (VIDEO)

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taft shootingIt seems like an SNL parody -- Vice President Joe Biden's press conference on gun violence interrupted by an act of gun violence -- but unfortunately, it's true. Today around 12:30 ET, CNN cut away from Biden's talk to cover a school shooting in California. Kern County police suspect it was a student at Taft Union High School in Taft, California, who shot two people this morning on campus.

One student was struck in the upper-right of their chest and was airlifted to Bakersfield hospital. Two others were wounded; a teacher was injured as well as another student who tripped and fell during the chaos.

The school was evacuated and parents were called to come and get their kids. One student called her mom right after the shooting broke out and said there was "blood everywhere." As of now, the alleged shooter is in custody and a shot gun has been apprehended.

I don't know if there's such a thing as copycat violence, but it's hard to look at the acts of gun violence in Tucson, Aurora, Newtown, and now Taft and turn a blind eye to their similarities. Even if all they share is that someone opened fire on a group of innocent people ... the fact that they all used guns should be enough to draw a thick and obvious parallel.

When there can't even be so much as a press conference about gun control without there being a shooting, we've got a problem. Biden called it a "complicated" concern before the Taft news overshadowed him, and I wonder if that slap of reality has changed his perception of the issue.

We won't have to wait long for our answer; we'll find out Tuesday when he delivers his recommendation for comprehensive gun violence legislation just where he puts his feet down. Hopefully something he thought had "no single answer" will be solved in many simple steps, starting with universal background checks.

What's your take?

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CanCa... CanCan123

Well unfortunately, THIS IS THE PRICE WE AS AMERICANS HAVE TO PAY WHEN WE HAVE SO MUCH FREEDOM. ITS SO AWFUL. A SHOOTING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE. :(

cymkare cymkare

Stop making the shooters famous. 

nonmember avatar Tan Vamp

The 2nd Amendment, Batman Shooting & High Fructose Corn Syrup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvIK4cmzeRY

Doomy234 Doomy234

I find it interesting that this happened in a state with pretty rigid gun laws, in a gun free zone.... I also find it eerily convenient that a conference on gun control is interrupted by a shooting. Hm. Just pretty interesting when you connect things together.

dirti... dirtiekittie

the term copycat is not new and is around for a reason. however, you have to ask yourself - does it seem so likely that all of these events just suddenly HAPPEN? i mean, when columbine happened, there were a few threats around the country. but not like this. i'm not a conspiracy theorist (too much), but all of these "conveniences" are getting to be a bit much. oh, it just so happens Biden's gun talk was interrupted? also, all the background checks in the world doesn't do a dang thing if someone steals your gun, or, as it seems to be of late, your kid takes it to school. it just makes it harder for law abiding citizens to get guns. you think criminals wait for their BG checks to pick up their weapons? 

nonmember avatar @cymkare

What? You don't want to be informed of these tragedies so you can make informed decisions on votes about gun laws?

names... namestaken

When these horrible things happen there is one constant...After the fact the are described as withdrawn, quit, "strange". How about some mental health being made available, resources of some sort instead of snatch the guns away. I promise, a sick person is a sick person wither they have a gun or not, there will be mayhem.

WCURi... WCURiverRat

How about that thick and obvious parallel being that all these shootings happened in "gun-free zones," aka target rich environments full of people with no way of defending themselves. Hmm..... Criminals will be criminals, no amount of gun control is going to keep guns out of their hands. All it will do is keep more innocent victims from having any prayer at defending themselves.

the4m... the4mutts

This isn't the same. This happened 20 minutes from my house. There were specific intended targets, a shotgun was used, not a rifle, and the victims are alive. Also, the students were not evacuated. They were locked down for a room by room search for more suspects. They weren't released until the search was complete.

Get your head out of your ass, and your facts straight!

the4m... the4mutts

I watched the entire proceeding live on our local news.

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