11-Year-Old Brings Gun & 400 Rounds of Ammo to School -- When Will Our Laws Change? (VIDEO)

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It's a really bad week to work in a school, and it's an even worse week to be a middle school student or the parents of one. Another child was caught with a gun this week. This time he was 11 and brought it to his Washington middle school -- along with 400 rounds of ammunition and several knives. The boy, whose name is not being released, is being held in a juvenile detention center on an attempted murder charge after police responded to calls yesterday morning from the school reporting that a shooter was in the building. Both Pioneer Middle School and the nearby elementary school were on lockdown for two hours. And that brings the total number of gun-related or incredibly violent incidents involving young teens and kids at school to four -- in four days

According to police, the boy has said that he brought the knives and loaded gun to school in order to protect a friend who was being bullied. It was also reported that the child said he heard voices in his head telling him to kill the bully, but that his plan was to shoot the other student in the arm and then put a bullet in his own head. Holy cow. I can't even imagine what it feels like to hear that your son made this statement. 

School officials became aware of the weapons the boy was carrying after his mother reportedly called them early in the morning to say that she feared her son may have brought kitchen knives with him to school. Thank the lord she was on the ball enough to notice before her child killed someone's else son.

But just where he obtained the gun and ammo is still a mystery. 

This horrifying report comes on the heels of other deplorable acts of violence this week, including the Sparks Middle School shooting, in which a teen fatally shot his teacher and himself and wounded two students, the brutal murder of a Massachusetts middle school math teacher by one of her students, and the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in California after cops suspected the realistic-looking pellet gun he was carrying was a real weapon. 

At this point I'm not sure what we should be most frightened about: the fact that young people are filled with so much rage and aren't thinking twice about killing others? Or the insane access to guns that they seem to have? An argument can be made that a violent and disturbed child -- as in the Massachusetts case -- doesn't need a gun to kill. I agree. 

But having a gun certainly makes it easier to kill a whole lot of people at once, doesn't it? We aren't going to be able to tackle every child's anger issues tomorrow, and -- frustratingly -- we can't ensure that every parent who legally owns a gun is responsible and locks it up. But we can and should be enforcing stricter gun laws. And we aren't -- and it's just shameful. It's embarrassing and infuriating that gun control didn't become a priority after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and it becomes even more of a disgrace with every act of gun violence we continue to witness at schools. The time to do something has long passed. 

How do you feel about stricter gun control regulations? 

 

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miche... micheledo

Sure - all these terrible, horrifying incidents caused by guns.  And yet one that you mention - the teacher was killed by a box cutter. And one story you mention - well, no one died.  They caught the kid.  And another story you mention - the only death was by the policemen (not saying they were wrong at all).  


So what do those have to do with stricter gun laws???  Are you saying police shouldn't carry guns?  No fake guns should ever be sold?  Box cutters should be classified as guns?  


 

nonmember avatar Name

You can take away all the guns but it will not change the fact that our "kids" today aren't kids. They act nothing like the children of the 1950s or 1980s. The biggest problem is that we never look at reality. We live in a dream world that doesn't exist. Kids are doing everything adults are doing. Everything.

nonmember avatar Spearson

What's shameful and embarassing is parenting ability in America. It's not guns that need a license - it's parents.

nonmember avatar pimamike

that wine your drinking in your "about the author picture" kills more people than guns ever will why are you not calling for wine control?

nonmember avatar IQ

How does a 11 yo get guns and ammo? Its stops there!In 50 years I have never allowed a child to have access to guns or ammo unless I was there. Its called a safe people. Their cheap.Its the new generation of parents. Not guns.I have never shot anyone or myself, go figure? Parents not teaching their own kids and leaving it to today's schools is the problem. Some people shouldn't have guns. This is true. Their are more people that shouldn't have children. This is even more true.

calim... calimomma707

safe is an illusion, safe does not exist in this life. death is absolute, in prison a pencil can be considered a weapon/contraband. how many laws do you want? the issue isn't the laws but the ppl that live under them. when someone kills someone the first thing everyone wants to say is -but they have mental issues...ummmm ok does that make it ok? you can not have your cake and eat it too with this one. you can make as many laws about guns as you like but until we take responsibility for our own actions they are null/void.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Not a single proposal for gun law change could prevent this from happening. The child could still get a gun, and can still get ammo. He can still take them to school. You want change? Figure out the root cause and DEAL with the real issues.

work4... work4mickey

Kids can't legally get guns, and it's illegal to bring a gun to school. It's slso illegal to shoot people (except in cases of self defense). So more laws are gonna stop people, who are already breaking the law, from breaking the law? Gun control will not stop these incidents. The sad truth is there may not be a way to stop these incidents.

Jespren Jespren

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" want to-completely uselessly-change the law to ban guns? Do it properly, amend the Consitution. Otherwise you've not a leg to stand on from a logical perspective.

Kate Cooley

More gun laws won't help - it's not as if any of these incidents took place with the legal owners of the weapons. Crime, in case you don't know, is about BREAKING the law. If they're breaking laws already in place, how are MORE laws supposed to change that?

And if you want school violence to stop, you have to change the schools. Teachers and administrators need to stop worrying about standardized tests (and also, standardized tests need to stop being the focus of the school year) and worry more about their students. There's a pervasive "hands off" policy concerning things like bullying that should upset every parent with a kid in school. No matter how many "wear blue for no bullying" weeks they schedule, bullying still happens. And with nowhere to turn, this is what happens to kids.

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