On December 1st, 2021, a 15-year-old shooter used a 9mm pistol to take the lives of four students and injure several others at Oxford High School in Michigan. The shooter is being charged as an adult with terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The shooter allegedly stole the weapon from his father, who legally purchased the pistol a week prior. Authorities are currently investigating the method of storage and how the 15-year-old had such easy access to the firearm. The County prosecutor Karen McDonald said her department is also considering charges against the suspect's parents.
Data from Statista identifies six active shootings in schools across the United States in 2021. However, other sources cite a total of 29 shootings at schools in 2021 with a reported injury or death. In all, eight students have died in 2021 from gun-related accidents and crimes. These statistics refer to incidents where a firearm was discharged, an individual other than the suspect was hit by a bullet, those that happened on K-12 property, and those which occurred while school was in session or at a school-sponsored event.
School shootings are tragedies that are too often met with congressional inaction. It is a national embarrassment that the United States government continues to fail to protect American students, who have to go to school every day with the fear that they might not come back. Congress must pass comprehensive gun reform to address the massive loopholes in American gun laws that allow these shootings to continue. This includes passing widely approved red flag laws, which could have ensured this shooter did not have access to a gun after he showed violent tendencies.
This case demonstrates the importance of practicing gun safety. Guns are not toys and should be properly handled once purchased. Every gun safety course illustrates the importance of gun safes and restricting access to minors. Despite what the Left may have you believe to further an anti-gun agenda, this tragedy resulted from parental negligence, not gun laws.