Texas school shooting

Tam - posted on 01/06/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )




I recently read this article about a shooting that happened here in Texas. I have a take on it, being that I've been trained in law enforcement and active shooter response, but it's always interesting to see what others think on such things.




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Actually, that's what my police officer cousins tell me. We all grew up in homes with guns and the only trouble our family ever experienced with them was 7 years ago when one cousin moved in with her boyfriend that did not properly store his gun.

Her 12yo found it while playing with a friend. As he e-mailed another friend of their find, to invite him over, his buddy shot him. My little cousin died instantly.

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The police reacted they only way they could

I, actually don't like the idea of "gun control."

Usually, gun violence isn't at the hands of law abiding citizens, and the lawbreakers won't be stopped by... well... a law.

Becky - posted on 01/06/2012




It kind of sounds like this kid wanted to get himself killed. Most teens would know that pointing a gun that looks like a real gun at a police officer is going to get them shot. It's a very sad situation for everyone involved, but I'm not sure what other recourse the police really had when someone was refusing to lower his gun and they had no way to distinguish it from a real gun.
It's a good argument against letting your children have access to guns of any kind though!

Jodi - posted on 01/07/2012




A pellet gun here is regulated in a similar manner to a real gun......not a bad idea IMO.

Medic - posted on 01/06/2012




I live in Texas and I support our officers 110%. If you are pointing what appears to be a real weapon at anyone and you do not follow orders to drop your weapon well then it becomes an issue of do they take you out and go home to their families or do they risk it and possibly not get to go home.


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Tracey - posted on 01/08/2012




Re Tazering - I think I read somewhere that tazering armed people could make the gun go off. Could have this wrong though.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 01/07/2012




This is what I have to say about what gun lobbyists have to tell you about guns: The NRA tells you that guns don't kill people, people kill people. That may be the case, but I don't see how much damage you can do running down the street yelling: rat a tat tat bang bang.- I stole that quote from somewhere, but I forgot who said it.

I'm from the US, I lived in Western NY all of my life. My dad hunts and I learned how to load and fire a rifle when I was 12. My dad also taught me how to clean a gun and taught me to respect fire arms. They aren't toys and they do have the potential to kill someone. I believe this story is a reason for better gun control laws in the States. Especially in light of recent shootings. For example in New York we have a limit on how much ammo you can buy per gun. If they'd had that in Arizona, maybe 9 people (I forgot the count) wouldn't've died last year.

That's iInteresting Jodi about the pellet guns. They're regulated to a point here in Canada as well because if you shoot someone in the right place from the right angle you can kill them.

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2012




I hate that it happened, but have also had law enforment training, and don't see any other way they could have handled it. At least not from the public stories being printed. I will probably always wonder, but then I have to assume the cops who shot him will, too.

Jodi - posted on 01/07/2012




"I, actually don't like the idea of "gun control."

Usually, gun violence isn't at the hands of law abiding citizens, and the lawbreakers won't be stopped by... well... a law."

Yes, that's what the gun lobbies tell you.

But obviously having very little gun regulation is working for you....

Jenn - posted on 01/07/2012




The boy was repeatedly told to put down the gun. Witnesses say he was waving it around. He was too far to be tazed. If an officer shoots, it is to kill. Otherwise, they shoot someone and that person in turn shoots back.

I have always hated how real fake guns are made to look. The boy was old enough to know his gun looked real and the reaction he would get from it. I too think it was suicide by cop. And that police officer who shot him will never get over shooting a child. So very tragic.

Janice - posted on 01/07/2012




Where in the story did it say that the boy refused to put the gun down? Did I miss something?

I agree that if someone holding a gun refuses to put it down then getting shot is their own fault. However, why cant officers shoot people in the arm? Or since the kid was 13 maybe taze(sp) him. Very sad situation. Maybe the kid did want to die but maybe he was just dumb, IDK.

Tracey - posted on 01/07/2012




BB guns over here are painted bright orange or green all over to show they are not real.
Anyone pointing what looks like a gun at another person who has a real gun is going to get shot, especially if they feel others are in danger.

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