Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Another Day of Bloodshed

I guess this was bound to happen. Is anyone truly surprised any more?

Multiple people have been shot at Lone Star College's North Harris campus in Houston, Texas, according to KPRC.

Police told KPRC least one person has been detained, but they have not said if that person is a suspected shooter. Another is on the loose. [...]

KTRK reports the shooting took place near the campus library. A television helicopter showed medical crews tending to at least two victims, but there is no confirmation on the victims' conditions.

The campus is being evacuated and locked down. No one is allowed the enter the campus.

So far, at least two people have been injured. And an entire college has been locked down for today, along with other nearby schools.

This is what gun safety advocates have been warning Nevada legislators about. And this is why President Obama wants to work with Congress on comprehensive gun safety reform ASAP. Can we really afford any more days of bloodshed? Is this really "freedom"?

Again, when did this become "normal"? And should this ever be "normal"?

Students said two men were involved in a dispute in the library and both pulled out guns and began firing at each other. Law enforcement officials have not confirmed those accounts.

Officials have not said exactly how many people were shot and have not released the extent of injuries. Ben Taub Hospital said it was expecting two patients. Memorial Hermann Hospital said one person was transported by ambulance. [...]

"I was waiting for my English class to start. It was five minutes before class and all of a sudden, I heard shots fired and people started rushing in the hallway. A few students even came in to our room seeking shelter and we closed the door and we pushed the table against the door and we were hiding," student Amanda Vasquez said. "You never think this is going to happen to you."

Vasquez said the shots seem to be fired in her classroom's hallway.

"They sounded very close -- the shots. (We heard) five or six gunshots," Vasquez said. "I just ducked under the table as fast as I could and hoped for the best. I saw one of the shooters when he was already under police control."

As we've discussed before, this is not conducive to a functioning democratic society. Something must change. How many more days of bloodshed can we take?

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