Thursday, January 10, 2013

We Interrupt This News Conference...

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

The irony was substantial - and very tragic.  This morning while Vice President Biden was holding a news conference on the subject reforming gun laws in America, CNN cut away from the event to report on yet another school shooting. 

That’s right:   another day, another school shooting.

This latest affront to civilization occurred at Taft High School in Taft, California, thirty miles south of Bakersfield.    A sixteen-year-old angry young man walked into a classroom with a shotgun and shot one student in the chest.  He reportedly then fired at another student and missed.     The victim was transported by air ambulance to a hospital in Bakersfield where he remains in critical condition. 

Reports indicate that two faculty members talked the shooter into giving up his weapon.  Further reports state that Taft High School has a full-time armed security officer who patrols the facility before, during, and after school.

The Vice President’s group on gun violence will make its report and recommendations to the President next Tuesday.   Today’s shooting at Taft High School adds one more bloody exclamation point to the need to do something rational to bring down the level of gun violence in America – especially at our schools.    

America is in crisis.    Stand tall, Mr. Vice President, and speak clearly.  The time to act decisively is upon us.

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